MIAMI — Jayson Werth was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday, his sprained right ankle swollen and sore, though still not enough for the veteran right fielder to believe the injury is serious.
“I think it’s minor,” he said Tuesday afternoon.
Werth hurt himself on an awkward slide into second base during the seventh inning Monday night of what wound up a 7-6 loss to the Marlins. With the Nationals leading 6-0 at the time, he came out of the game and received treatment on the ankle, saying afterward he hoped to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday but wouldn’t know for sure until he woke up in the morning and saw how the ankle responded.
Upon arising Tuesday morning, Werth realized the ankle had not improved.
“It was a lot sorer than I thought it was going to be,” he said. “That’s why I said last night we’ll know more in the morning. I wasn’t expecting it to be as swollen and as sore. That’s probably why I’m not playing. If it wasn’t as bad, I’d probably be playing.”
Werth planned to get treatment and attempt to get himself to a point where he could come off the bench if needed by manager Matt Williams.
“Hopefully by the time the game starts, I’ll be moving around pretty good and I’ll tape it up,” he said. “If [Williams] needs me, I’ll be available.”
Williams expressed hope Werth would be ready to return to the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.
“Potentially, yeah,” the manager said. “I think if he had to play, he could play tonight. But he’d be a little slowed up out there. It’s still swollen. So we’re going to hold him out for tonight.”
Meanwhile, despite a week passing since Ryan Zimmerman strained his hamstring, the Nationals continue to offer no details about the severity of his injury or a timetable for his return.
Zimmerman had an MRI test of his leg the day after the injury in Colorado, and on Monday he visited team orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih for a follow-up exam. The Nationals won’t say what those exams showed or speculate how long it might be before Zimmerman comes off the disabled list.
“Nobody knows,” Williams said. “The first two weeks are key. Once it gets healed and starts to matte down a little bit, then you can start doing some strengthening exercises. Then you can get a better idea of what it’ll be. Everyone heals differently, too. You just don’t know. You have to wait that time period to let it heal, though, and then you can evaluate.”
The Nationals have gone 2-3 since Zimmerman was hurt.