For the second time in the last three seasons, Jayson Werth lost a significant portion of the year to injuries, as he's played in 301 of a possible 486 regular season games for the Nats since the start of 2015. This time, a pitch fouled off his foot in June led to a 60-day DL stint thanks to a bone bruise and a fracture. In the 70 games he played, Werth was largely the same player he's been for the final three years of his contract in Washington, hitting .226/.322/.393, and offering pro-rated 20-homer pop. Most of his success in 2017 came against left-handed pitching, as he walked (16.4 percent) nearly as much as he struck out (18.2 percent) while carrying a respectable .239/.364/.457 line. A 38-year-old free agent, Werth's days as a regular are likely over, and it's entirely possible that he'll opt for retirement instead of attempting to push through another season as a part-time player.
Werth is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Werth will get the night off after starting four of the previous five contests, struggling to a .188/.278/.250 line in 16 at-bats over that stretch. Howie Kendrick will start in left field and hit fifth in his stead.
Werth is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets. The Nationals have again chosen to rest some of their veteran regulars Sunday, so Werth will head to the bench in favor of Victor Robles in right field. The 38-year-old is hitting just 5-for-50 during the month of September and his average sits at a season-low .226.
Werth (shoulder) is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Werth is back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 6, as he's been dealing with a shoulder injury for the past week. He will set up in right field while batting seventh for Wednesday's contest. Since returning from the DL (toe) on Aug. 28, Werth is hitting .107/.161/.250 with one home run and five RBI in eight games.
Werth (shoulder) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Braves, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. There was a chance he'd be ready to come back for this contest, but Werth will in fact need at least another day off. He tested his shoulder in the cage and it apparently didn't go well, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports, so he may be slightly worse than day-to-day. Adam Lind and Howie Kendrick will start in left field and right field, respectively.
Werth (shoulder) will not play until Tuesday at the earliest, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Werth's shoulder is still acting up, so the Nats will allow him to rest through Monday's off day before reevaluating his status. The 38-year-old has logged 28 at-bats since his return from a toe injury in late August, collecting three hits (including a homer) with six strikeouts.