Via a Tweet from MASN’s Dan Kolko, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is anticipating his return to action to be this Tuesday at home against the Detroit Tigers.
Jayson Werth says his hamstring is feeling better but he’s going to proceed with caution. Shooting to maybe return Tuesday.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 5, 2013
Werth, batting .260 this season, missed all three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates this past series due to a nagging hamstring. The Nationals outfielder appeared to have some trouble running after fly balls against the Braves in the series prior.
In his place was pinch-hit specialist and reserve outfielder Tyler Moore. While filling in for Werth, Moore went 2-11 with a 3-run homer in game three to put the game out of reach in the late innings.
With Jayson Werth returning to the lineup, hopefully the musical chairs approach to the lineup will stop for the time being. The Nationals should have the whole gang back together now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned to his rightful spot in the hot corner. Also, Bryce Harper, who was tossed from game three in the first inning, will return to the lineup on Tuesday. Denard Span, who missed game two against the Pirates due to a sore ankle, will also be back.
The Nationals will certainly need their complete lineup this coming week as they take on a Tigers team with good pitching and a lot of pop in their bats. The Nationals could very well find themselves in a position where their top play makers will be called upon in the late innings. With the lineup looking like it will be intact, hopefully they will be able to deliver.