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Improving Jayson Werth gets an extra day of rest as rain delays Nats-Tigers series
The good news for the Washington Nationals as they trickled into the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, was that Jayson Werth was able to test his right hamstring on Monday and felt strong.
With rain pounding the area for much of the day, however, Werth’s name was not in the Nationals’ lineup for their scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
That game was postponed until Thursday at 4:05 p.m., though, so Werth and the rest of his teammates got an extra day off before they open their two-game series with the Tigers on Wednesday.
Both teams will keep their pitching on schedule, despite the postponement, with Jordan Zimmermann facing Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday and Dan Haren pitching against Doug Fister on Thursday afternoon.
Tickets for Tuesday’s game will be honored on Thursday but the Nationals said in a release that no refunds or exchanges would be issued for those with tickets for Tuesday who cannot make it on Thursday.
As for Werth, who missed the previous three games with a tight right hamstring after he was forced from Thursday night’s game with the issue, he was optimistic that he does not have a significant injury and the Nationals expect him back in the lineup shortly.
“I got a good word from JW,” said manager Davey Johnson. “He had his doctor put him through all kinds of tests, and his hamstring is not pulled. He feels pretty good about that. His hamstring feels pretty good. But I wouldn’t run him out there on this field so he’ll have to wait until (the next game).”
“I’m awfully cautious about putting a guy out there with a hamstring and re-injuring that hamstring,” Johnson said. “That’s bad. I want our doctor to look at him and say the same thing that his doctor said.
“If not for the weather, he would’ve (been in the lineup), even though his numbers aren’t that great against (Sanchez).”
That, of course, was one other factor that might’ve been working against Werth and his return to the lineup. In his career, Werth has faced Sanchez 31 times. He has just five hits (a .167 average). And while that includes two doubles, a homer and a walk, he’s also struck out in 19 of those appearances.
No fine or suspension for Harper
Bryce Harper and the Nationals were informed that the outfielder will not be fined or suspended for being ejected from Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
That news is the latest sign that Major League Baseball might feel umpire John Hirschbeck acted too hastily in ejecting Harper after he showed his disagreement over a check-swing call in the first inning.
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