Injury updates on Harper, Werth, Detwiler

Injury updates on Harper, Werth, Detwiler
May 29, 2013, 7:45 pm
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BALTIMORE — It wouldn't be a day on the Nationals beat without a flurry of injury updates, so here's the latest on several players attempting to return from various ailments...

Bryce Harper is once again out of the Nationals' lineup tonight, his bruised left knee not healed enough to allow him to play for the third straight day. Manager Davey Johnson said the 20-year-old outfielder will be held out again tomorrow.

Whether Harper (who has officially been diagnosed with bursitis in his left knee) is able to play this weekend in Atlanta remains to be seen.

"I don't have a lot of high hopes, but I'm hopeful," Johnson said. "However long that takes, is however long that takes."

Jayson Werth began his rehab assignment at Class A Potomac tonight, batting second and starting in right field for the P-Nats. This is Werth's second attempt at returning to game action since he was sidelined at the beginning of the month with what the club originally believed to be only a mild hamstring strain.

Team officials are hopeful Werth won't experience anymore setbacks; to that end, Johnson told the veteran outfielder to especially be cautious with his first step out of the batter's box after making contact.

If all goes well, could Werth come off the disabled list Friday night for the start of the big series in Atlanta?

"Stay tuned to Jayson Werth," Johnson said, suggesting the veteran will be the one making that call.

Werth, by the way, singled to center in his first at-bat tonight.

Ross Detwiler learned last night he won't be returning to start Sunday afternoon against the Braves, with rookie Nate Karns remaining in the big-league rotation for the time being. There's no timetable for Detwiler's return from a strained left oblique muscle, but it could be a while longer.

Detwiler has been instructed by head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz not to do any baseball activities and not to test the muscle, which acted up again earlier this week when he tried to perform a fielding drill.

"If Lee catches me do anything," Detwiler said, "I think I'm in trouble."