MILWAUKEE — Jayson Werth left Saturday night’s game in the sixth inning after tweaking his groin slightly. Manager Davey Johnson said he would likely sit Werth in Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers, in hopes of having him at full strength Monday, when the Nationals will welcome the Braves for three games.
Werth, though, said his exit from Saturday’s game was “more precautionary than anything.” He tweaked his groin on June 23, as well, and it did not result in any kind of prolonged absence.
“It’s a lot like similar to what happened (in June),” Werth said. “Just tweaked my groin a little bit and not nearly as bad as the last time i did it. I didn’t really get put in a situation where I had to go, so it was more a precaution that I just took myself out essentially.
“(I) just didn’t want to piss it off to the point where it’d be a more severe injury. Could probably play (Sunday), but if he’s already got me sitting I’ll probably have to go in there and box him for it.”
Werth first felt the issue in the outfield in the bottom of the fifth inning when he and Anthony Rendon ranged over toward the right field line for a pop up by Rickie Weeks. Rendon caught it, and Werth pulled up a bit.
When he ground out to third base in the next inning, he ran gingerly to first and gingerly off the field.
Roger Bernadina replaced Werth the following inning.
“I’m not going to take any chances,” Johnson said. “Hopefully he’s going to be good to go on Monday. I don’t think it’s that serious… I want him back. We’re facing (Mike) Minor the first game. I need his bat in the lineup.”
Werth did acknowledge that Sunday might be the most beneficial time for him to take off, given the important divisional series coming up for the Nationals.
“I understand,” Werth said. “I think last time (it happened), too, we went night-to-night. It wasn’t night-to-day. But we’ll see. It could be one of those things where you wake up tomorrow and feel fine or feel good enough.
“So we’ll just have to see but we’ve got big games in the division coming up. These things are tricky. You’ve got to be careful. I’ve had a bunch of these in my career and sometimes you miss games, sometimes you don’t.”