Nationals' Jayson Werth: Taking seat Thursday

Werth is not in the Nationals' Thursday lineup against the Pirates, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Two days from his 38th birthday, Werth will receive a breather in the getaway game as the Nats continue to manage him carefully. He was dealing with a groin issue the previous weekend. The veteran is putting on his best performance in years, batting .309/.409/.496 with six home runs, 22 runs scored and three steals in 137 plate appearances. Brian Goodwin bats second and takes his place in left field for the day.

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