Jayson Werth has delivered on more of that mega contract he signed five years ago than anyone would have suspected at the time, but here on the eve of his 37th birthday, it's fair to wonder if we're seeing the last gasp. Just last year, he contended with both shoulder surgery and a broken wrist, and while injuries are nothing new for him, these seemed to have a greater impact on his numbers. Not only did he hit just .221, but he struck out more and walked less. And if not for his seven home runs in September -- when he hit only .233, by the way -- it would have been even worse. It all adds up to a player who appears to be on the decline and isn't entirely trustworthy even if he's able to stave it off another year, making him a borderline pick in mixed leagues.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth isn't in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Werth and other veterans continue to receive multiple days off with the Nationals eliminated from playoff contention. As a result, Tyler Moore will replace him in left field Monday, batting sixth for the Nationals.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in a losing cause against Philadelphia on Friday night. Werth has struggled through an injury-plagued season, but finally healthy, he has gotten hot in September. Werth, still hitting a sub-par .228, has just 12 long ones on the year, but he has gone yard eight times this month while accumulating 19 RBI in 96 at bats. This is the kind of production the Nationals have been missing in this season of disappointments.
Jayson Werth had his second two-homer game in three days Wednesday, as the Nationals beat the Phillies, 12-2. Both were solo shots, and Werth now has 11 homers on the year. After struggling through an injury-plagued 2015, he's now healthy and wrapping things up by hitting .302/.380/.635 in 63 September at-bats.
Slumping second baseman Anthony Rendon and left fielder Jayson Werth have both been benched by the Nationals for the Friday night game in San Francisco. Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson will assume those positions, respectively. Rendon hasn't produced a multi-hit game since Aug. 2. He is 7-for-38 since then. Werth has just five hits in 42 at-bats this month.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is not happy with his results at the plate since returning from the disabled list in late July. Although the left wrist injury that forced him to miss more than two months is healed, he is batting just .151 (8 for 53) with a .264 slugging percentage in 15 games since his activation. "I wouldn't say it's frustrating but I'd say it's been a little challenging because I feel like my timing has been good," Werth said, per The Washington Post. "And I feel like all my work and drills and all the things that I do have also been good. My pitch recognition has been good. I've had good at-bats. Sometimes when you don't feel good or you're out of sync, you don't really expect results. It's been weird because I feel good. It's just the results." Nationals manager Matt Williams appears to be preaching patience with the veteran outfielder since he missed a lot of games. "It's a work in progress, it's timing, it's all of that," Williams said. "You look up and he has 170-some at-bats for the whole season. It's not like riding a bike. And generally, he takes a little bit longer. He's going to continue to be a big part of our success if we can get him rolling with [Ryan Zimmerman] and Anthony [Rendon] and have some semblance of that lineup back that'll do nothing but help us."
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