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Werth targeting Aug. 1 return

Jun 19, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth has been a presence in the Nats dugout while on the DL.

Jayson Werth's broken left wrist is recovering well, and the Nationals right fielder remains on target to return to the club around August 1, perhaps earlier.

Werth, who suffered the injury May 6 while diving for a ball against the Phillies, is now six weeks removed from surgery to repair the clean break. The veteran outfielder spoke to manager Davey Johnson yesterday and expressed optimism about his recovery.

Werth's cast has come off, but he likely won't be able to resume baseball activities until mid-July. He'll then try to ramp things up quickly in an attempt to return to the Nationals' lineup for the final two months of the regular season.

"[Doctors will] probably need to X-ray it in a couple weeks, but they felt like he was coming along probably a little ahead of schedule," Johnson said. "But he's still probably not going to be able to do anything untilRead more ยป

  1. MicheleS - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    HURRY BACK and BE HEALTHY!!!

  2. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    I know there's no point telling him to take his time, but really, if he's going to rush back before he's 100%, I'm not sure that helps the club. 80% of .260 = Mendoza.

  3. Gonat - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    That is like getting a top Free Agent!

  4. rabbit34 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Geeze, and August first is almost here!!!! Gulp.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    That's encouraging news on a number of fronts.

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