Jayson Werth turned 34 today. Here's hoping he got a better presents from friends and family than the one he recently got from the Nationals team doctor.
Held out of game action since May 2 with what was once thought to be a minor hamstring issue, Werth may have to remain on the disabled list for another couple of weeks after an MRI revealed a more serious strain to the ligament.
Speaking from the Nats dugout today, Manager Davey Johnson called the news "alarming" and broached the possibility that Werth may have tried to work his way back from the injury too soon.
Werth started a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac last Wednesday, but left his only game early when he felt discomfort in the offending hamstring.
And now, Nationals fans will have to wait another couple of weeks for the return of their Opening Day right fielder.
Werth was batting .260 with a .308 on-base percentage and four home runs at the time of his injury.
Last year, Werth missed 81 games - exactly half the season - mostly due to a broken left wrist. He had played in at least 134 games in each of the preceding four seasons.