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Monday, August 11, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Jayson Werth playing through shoulder inflammation

By on 8/11/2014 12:15:00 PM

Jayson Werth of the Nationals returned to the lineup Sunday, but will still be dealing with inflammation of the AC joint in his right shoulder, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. Werth was unable to start in the Braves series until Sunday where he started and finished the game. He went 0 for 1 with three walks.

“It’s tough, because you want to play,” he said to Zuckerman. “But it’s the type of injury that is painful, and they tell me I’m not at risk of injuring myself, I guess, once it’s to a level that’s tolerable. If you piss it off more while it’s pissed off, then you’re looking at more time. It’s tricky.”

Werth, 35, was diagnosed with inflammation after drifting into a wall when making a catch on August 1 in Washington and played several days in pain, but it started to get worse during Thursday’s 13-inning win over the Mets.

This season, Werth has a line of .279/.370/.430 with 12 home runs, 63 RBI, 54 walks, 87 strikeouts, and an .800 OPS in 112 games. He has a Baseball-Reference WAR of 2.1. He signed a 7-year, $126 million deal in the offseason before 2011 and has a combined WAR of 8.1 in 472 games.

In 2013, Werth had his best season as a National when he had slash of .318/.398/.532 with 25 home runs, 82 RBI, 60 walks, 101 strikeouts, and a .930 OPS in 129 games. He had a career high 4.8 WAR.

At this point, Werth doesn’t believe his injury is serious and hopes he will be close to 100 percent soon even though Ryan Zimmerman’s similar injury in 2012 led to arthroscopic surgery. 

The Nationals are 63-53, 3.5 games up in the National League East as they start a three game series in New York against the Mets Tuesday. 

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