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“He’s such a perfectionist,” Johnson said. “Every pitch, he wants to be perfect. And sometimes, he’ll try to put a little extra on it instead of just trying to hit his spots.”

NOTES: Jayson Werth was not in the Nationals‘ lineup Tuesday after fouling a ball off his left ankle Monday night and dealing with some hamstring cramping. Werth, who said the ankle was the main issue, did not go for X-rays and is hoping to play Wednesday. … Bullpen coach Jim Lett was checked for a concussion and given a good bill of health after taking Adam LaRoche’s line drive off the right side of his head while throwing early batting practice.