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Jayson Werth has a .509 on-base percentage since returning from the DL.
Johnson said he was thinking about leading him off, to which Werth replied: "That's great."
"He's a student, he studies the game," Johnson said. "And he knows the talents of everybody else."
Indeed, a quick scan of the Nationals' projected lineup (especially once Ian Desmond returned from his own oblique injury) showed no traditional candidate to hit leadoff. Werth made the most sense.
"His approach, the way he approaches every at-bat, is really more in line with a leadoff hitter," Johnson said. "He takes a lot of pitches and a lot of times will try to hit the pitcher's pitch. He's not your normal,