Jayson Werth was held out of the lineup on Wednesday due to tightness in his right hamstring, an ailment that has kept him out since he left in the fifth inning against the Braves on May 2. It is the fifth consecutive game Werth has not been in the starting lineup, including Tuesday's matchup with the Tigers that was eventually postponed due to rain.
According to manager Davey Johnson, Werth came in early Wednesday to have his hamstring looked at by team trainer Lee Kuntz and it was discovered he had a pull. This comes a day after Johnson said they believed Werth's hamstring was not pulled and just sore.
"He's still got some tightness and still got a little, he said it looked like a little pull or something in there," he said. "Definitely, with the rain and stuff he's not going to be in the lineup."
A day after the Nationals' game was postponed because of the weather, rain is in the forecast for the evening and could play a factor. Johnson said team medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih is set to look at Werth's hamstring before the game to determine if further treatment is needed. Johnson does not believe a stint on the disabled list is likely at this point.
"Wiemi is coming in at six o'clock and I'll have him examine him. He was gonna go out today and run and do another extensive test on it," Johnson said. "I would like to have him in the lineup, but I want to be on the safe side."
Johnson said Werth has been cleared by his personal doctor, but the team is taking precaution because of the weather.
Werth has also been dealing with an upset stomach. Johnson said it had improved since Tuesday as the Nats' outfielder is back to eating regular foods.
"He did yesterday, but when I saw him eating those five tacos I didn't think it was that bad. He was putting it away," Johnson said.
Christian Garcia improving, getting closer
Johnson gave an update on pitcher Christian Garcia who is continuing to recover from a partially torn tendon in his right forearm. The right-hander has remained in Florida at extended spring training, throwing for a few weeks after being shut down during Nats camp in March. He is starting to throw offspeed pitches and is close to taking the next step in his recovery.
"I think tomorrow he's throwing and mixing in curveballs," Johnson said. "After he does that he'll throw to hitters probably BP. Then after that he can be ready to go and join a team."
Johnson said Garcia will probably continue with batting practice sessions for the next ten days before joining a team minor league affiliate. The Nats manager said Syracuse is the likely destination.
With Garcia getting closer, Johnson said it still up in the air as to whether he will be converted to a starter. Garcia made his major league debut last season and pitched in the playoffs as a reliever, but has a variety of pitches the Nats believe are good enough for the rotation. His injury, however, has slowed that plan.
"Everybody in the front office was in agreement in the spring, but we never got there," Johnson said. "It's probably going to be more of a need, what they need at Triple-A."