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Jayson Werth continued his impressive season at the plate on Sunday with his second consecutive three-hit day, raising his average on the year to a whopping .328. But the Nationals’ right fielder later left the game in the sixth inning after banging his right knee sliding into home in the fifth.
He is now considered day-to-day with a good chance he’ll play Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.
“It’s okay. Just kinda got caught underneath me on that slide home. Kinda stiffened up a little bit,” he said.
“Doctors looked at it. I didn’t think it was a big deal. But should be okay. Day off tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll know waking up in the morning, but I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Werth was treated by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Duougiuh in the game’s later innings and is not expected to receive an MRI. Werth iced it to reduce the swelling and had bandages on the top and bottom of his knee cap afterwards.
"Dr. Wiemi was back there," Davey Johnson said. "Didn't think it was anything other than a pretty good bruise."
Johnson himself also left the dugout with an injury. He was feeling pain in his back in the seventh inning and left to get treatment for the eighth and ninth.
Johnson threw out his back on Aug. 7 during a loss against the Atlanta Braves. He has a history of back issues and will receive a shot on Tuesday to help with the pain. He also applied a heat pack to his back for temporary relief.
“There is a back story,” he joked when he was asked about already being out of his uniform after Sunday’s win.
“I'm going to have a procedure tomorrow, an epidural or whatever I had (last year). When Stras finished the seventh inning with 75 pitches or something. I said 'I'm going to go get a hot pack and take something for the pain and if you guys mess this up, come and get me, I'll come down.'”
Johnson is also expected to be available for Tuesday’s game as the Giants come to town.