Jayson Werth Injury: Updates on Nationals Outfielder's Hamstring

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IMay 10, 2013

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth continue to make great progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this month. 

Werth hasn't played since May 2, when he left Washington's game against Atlanta after five innings with hamstring tightness. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 4:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Good news for the Nationals, as Jayson Werth has been activated from the disabled list and will bat second tonight vs. Oakland, per Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

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UPDATE: Monday, May 20, at 10:14 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The latest injury news regarding Werth is not good if you're a Nationals fan. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, his hamstring is more significantly strained then previously thought:

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth could spend roughly two more weeks on the disabled list after an MRI exam today revealed a more significant strain in his hamstring than originally thought, Manager Davey Johnson said. Johnson did not have an exact timetable for Werth’s return.

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UPDATE: Friday, May 17, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Due to continued tightness in his hamstrings, Werth's return from the DL is likely going to be pushed back a few days, according to a report from The Washington Times

Per that report:

Feeling some slight tightness in his strained right hamstring, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth traveled to New York on Thursday to visit with the team’s specialist, Dr. Keith Pyne, and get the issue examined.

His expected return from the disabled list on Saturday will likely be delayed a few days, according to a team spokesman.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 15, at 10:47 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Exciting news for Nationals fans as Jayson Werth is expected to come off the disabled list on Saturday, May 18, according to Comcast Washington's Mark Zuckerman.

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Nationals beat writer Dan Kolko reported on Twitter that Werth is likely headed to the disabled list soon with a hamstring issue that has bugged him for the majority of the month of May:

Washington Times reporter Amanda Comak helped confirm the news (via Twitter) and had a look at some of the prospects the Nats might use to fill Werth's spot while he fully recovers from the leg ailment on the DL:

An initial MRI scan proved to be negative earlier in the week (h/t Washington Post), but the news on Werth on Friday did not give team doctors enough to believe he would be ready to return to Davey Johnson's lineup in the next week or so. 

On the season, Werth is hitting .260 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 27 games. 

After signing a massive seven-year, $126 million contract in the winter of 2010 (h/t Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports), Werth was expected to help the Nationals start contending again in the NL East.

Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg have done more to accomplish that feat than the pricey Werth, but the 33-year-old slugger still has a knack for flair—including hitting a walk-off home run to help the Nationals win Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS. 

A career .267 hitter with 149 career home runs, Werth is the kind of veteran presence who has helped these Nationals crawl out of the basement and into the national conversation on a weekly basis. He's had some health concerns in parts of three seasons in D.C., though, forcing the Nats to monitor his health more than some would like. 

His latest setback won't keep the Nationals from staying the course in the early part of the season, and hopefully this trip to the DL will help Werth get fully healthy before returning to his post in right field for good.