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Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game.
Davey Johnson said all along the man who would decide when Jayson Werth came off the disabled list would be Jayson Werth.
So when the veteran outfielder sent word late Wednesday night through general manager Mike Rizzo that he was ready to return after nine games on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse and Class A Potomac, the Nationals manager didn't need to hear any more information.
"That was what I was waiting for, him to say: 'I'm ready,'" Johnson said this afternoon.
Thus, for the first time since May 6, Werth is in the Nationals' lineup, starting in center field and batting sixth against the Phillies. He makes his return slightly less than three months after breaking his left wrist trying to make a sliding catch in right field against the same Philadelphia club, with the same left-hander (Cole Hamels) on the mound.