Jayson Werth left the Washington Nationals’ 10-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon with cramping in his hamstring.
Werth did not come out to the field for the top of the ninth inning after making the final out of the eighth. Eury Perez, one of the Nationals’ top center field prospects who was called up on Saturday morning, made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in Werth’s stead.
Bryce Harper moved to right field as Perez took over in center and made a nice running catch to end the ninth inning.
Werth did not think the cramping was anything serious and hoped it wouldn’t linger.
“I just had like a cramp in my hamstring and felt like it was intelligent not to play any longer so he took me out,” Werth said. “Been a long time since I’ve cramped up in a game. Hopefully it’ll be nothing and we’ll be back out there tomorrow. I don’t think it was too serious.”
Werth said it’s been at least four or five years since he’s felt his legs cramp up the way they did Saturday but as he’s worked his way back after a three-month layoff he has had issues with getting his legs into shape. That hasn’t seemed to be an issue for him in the past few weeks, though.
“He didn’t pull nothing,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “He should be OK.”
The Nationals’ game was played with a gametime temperature of 91 degrees and it was extremely humid throughout, which appeared to take it out of a few players. First baseman Adam LaRoche said the game was physically draining for that reason.
“It was a long, humid, draining game,” LaRoche said.