Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth had a pretty good night for himself on Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI-single, a double and two runs scored.
He also was clearly not moving the way he usually does whether in right field or on the basepaths.
“I don’t think he’s 100 percent,” manager Davey Johnson said.
Werth pulled his left groin in Sunday’s loss to the Colorado Rockies and while he felt well enough to play, telling Johnson the same, he was obviously hindered by it. Werth admitted after the game that he’s “probably going to deal with this groin for a while, but it’s definitely playable.
“It’s something I can manage, no problem.”
Before the game, Werth told center fielder Denard Span that he probably couldn’t run the way he usually does, but Span said it didn’t lead him to shade any more toward right field than he normally would’ve based on the scouting report on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There were two plays in the outfield on Tuesday night that Werth did not make — and that were somewhat surprising to see him not make.
One came in the first inning when Werth ranged to his right but a double by Willie Bloomquist dropped in just past his reach. Another came in the ninth, when an RBI-single by Paul Goldschmidt fell in front of him.
“He probably catches that ball in the ninth if he’s not a little ginger but he’ll be all right,” Johnson said.
“You know, it was kind of top spin so my first move was back,” Werth said. “It’s probably a ball that, I’d like to make that play. I was kind of in-between steps. It was a ball I was going to have to dive for but, again, a play I’d like to make, for sure.”
Werth insisted that he will be fine — that he has played through worse groin issues in the past and it did not affect him adversely on the field. The Nationals have to hope that he is right.
“I worry about him all the time,” Johnson said. “It’s been that kind of year. He’s had a lot of little injuries. That (hamstring) lasted about a month but we need him in there.
“I just go by what he tells me. He says he’s had it before and it was worse and he could play through it. So that was good enough for me.”