Werth scratched with flu-like symptoms

Werth scratched with flu-like symptoms
June 22, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Jayson Werth was a late scratch for the Nationals' Saturday matchup with the Rockies after originally being in the morning lineup.

Afterwards manager Davey Johnson attributed it to flu-like symptoms.

"I think he’s got some, he told me had some sort of flu, chills," Johnson said. "I didn’t see him during the game, I think he just stayed inside."

Werth had visited a specialist, Dr. Keith Pyne, before the game to look at a variety of small issues, Johnson said in the morning. Johnson said there was no concern about his right hamstring which kept him out from May 2 to June 4. 

"I think he’s alright there. I think he’s fine," Johnson said.

Since returning from the month-long absence, Werth has struggled overall on offense, but had seemed to turn a corner of late. In the team's recent series in Philadelphia, Werth had a home run and four RBI in three games. In the two games since, however, he was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

Werth was sick earlier this season, dealing with a stomach virus that caused him to be dehydrated. His status is considered day-to-day.