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Jayson Werth has played in only one of the Nationals' last six games.
Jayson Werth was held out of Davey Johnson's lineup before last night's game was postponed due to rain while still recovering from a sore right hamstring, a precaution because of the wet conditions at Nationals Park. The outfielder was forced to leave Thursday's game at Atlanta and missed the team's weekend series at Pittsburgh because of the injury.
Though Werth was out of the lineup, Johnson said he would have started if it was a nicer day.
"If not for the weather he would have played," the manager said. "He had his doctor put him through all kinds of tests, and his hamstring is not pulled. He feels pretty good about that, his hamstring feels pretty good. But I wouldn't run him out there on this field. He'll have to wait until tomorrow."
With rain again in the forecast today, however, Werth's return to the lineup could be affected by weather once again. It is expected to rain all day with scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening. Johnson acknowledged the field conditions will determine that decision.
"Tomorrow, if it's not a real wet field, I'll put him in," he said.
Werth left in the eighth inning against the Braves last Monday after fouling a ball off his left ankle. He missed the team's next two games, returned to the lineup Thursday but was pulled from that game in the fifth inning after the hamstring tightened up on a ball in the right-field corner.
Tyler Moore was set to play in Werth's place last night and will be the likely option in case Werth can't go tonight.