SAN DIEGO — Feeling some slight tightness in his strained right hamstring, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth traveled to New York on Thursday to visit with the team’s specialist, Dr. Keith Pyne, and get the issue examined.
His expected return from the disabled list on Saturday will likely be delayed a few days, according to a team spokesman.
Werth, who was 1-for-2 in a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac on Wednesday, was scheduled to play for the P-Nats again on Thursday. Those plans changed when the right fielder and the team felt it best for him to go to New York for treatment instead.
It is unclear precisely how lengthy the delay in his return could be, but manager Davey Johnson appeared unconcerned that Werth had suffered a significant setback.
“He wanted to go see another doctor in New York,” Johnson said before the Nationals’ game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday. “Reason being, he felt a slight, little bit of tightness in his hamstring. He just wanted to check something out.”
Asked if Werth was still on track to return to the active roster on Saturday, Johnson said “That’s what I’m expecting.” But it was possible that it hadn’t been communicated to the manager just yet that Werth may be pushed back a few days.
After Thursday night’s game, general manager Mike Rizzo said it was fair to assume Werth would be delayed a few days longer than expected and that he “wanted to see where (Werth) is at and when he can play some games,” before he returns to the active roster.
Werth has not played since May 2, and the hamstring issue has hampered him since two days before that. The belief in the organization was that it was compounded by a stomach ailment that the doctors believe was helping to dehydrate Werth and cause some of the cramping and spasming that he’d been dealing with in his right hamstring.