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Werth ready to come off DL, rejoin Nats in Miami

Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EST

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Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami.

Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and has been deemed ready to come off the DL, according to a source close to the veteran outfielder.

All told, Werth played nine games between Syracuse and Class A Potomac during his rehab assignment, going 11-for-30 with two doubles, seven RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.

The 36-year-old left fielder has been sorely missed the last 2 1/2 months by the Nationals, who have yet to field their entire projected starting lineup once this season and came out of the All-Star break with four key regulars on the DL: Werth, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Denard Span.

Rendon returned from his strained left quadriceps muscle Saturday in Pittsburgh. Zimmerman has played five rehab games with Class AA Harrisburg, going 1-for-15 with three strikeouts, and is close to returning from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Span, out the last 2 1/2 weeks, has yet to resume baseball activities after receiving treatment for recurring back spasms.

Werth, who missed the season’s first week while recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, was hitting only .208 with two homers, 12 RBI and a .294 on-base percentage in 27 games when he suffered his wrist injury getting hit by a pitch in San Diego. But he had just begun to find his stroke prior to that, hitting .313 with two homers and a .910 OPS over his final nine games.

  1. natsfan1a - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Good news. Welcome back.

  2. natsjackinfl - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    I find Clippard to the Mets kind of comical. He really doesn’t concern me.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      Me too…. I’m just not concerned at all.

    • exposedindc - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      I tend to agree, however I do think the Nats need an upgrade to the pen

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

        I do too, and I didn’t consider Tyler as much of an upgrade.

    • exposedindc - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      My thoughts exactly

    • homeparkdc - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Right. The only player I want back from the A’s is Billy Burns.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      People are freaking out and I don’t get it. Rizzo easily could have pulled that deal off as Meisner was a middling prospect and Rizzo could have offered more which tells me that Mike is looking in other places.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:51 PM

        As a comp, I think Meisner (sp?) ranked in the Mets’ organization about where Brian Goodwin ranks in ours.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

        Sounds about right. Very iffy and Beane could have done better as he should have kept Clippard and gotten a QO which would have yielded a better prospect.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM

        That’s (Goodwin = Meisner in terms of value) is a foolish comp. Goodwin two years ago was a much better prospect than Meisner is now; but at this point Goodwin is a aging fading toolsy outfielder; if his ship hasn’t sailed it’s at the pier getting up steam. Meisner is a rising 20yo potential middle-of-the-rotation pitcher who has already made the hardest hurdle for HS arms (he’s survived the transition to pro ball). Meisner is huge (6’7″) but despite that his control/walk rate has been very good. By all accounts his mechanics are improving and, because he’s so young, he is still projectable in terms of adding some speed to the fastball while also continuing to improve his secondary pitches.

        Meisner is not a top prospect, but I’ve seen him listed on some midseason Top 200 lists. And he has the potential to move up farther. I’ve seen Voth and Pivetta tossed around as comps – but only by Nats fans. In the larger, non-Nats community I don’t think that V&P are seen as quite the same value. And to beat that offer Rizzo likely would have had to dial it up to A.J. Cole or Reynaldo Lopez. At which point I concur that the best move would be to simply walk away from the table.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

        John, I think he was talking about organizational ranking. Mets 10 to 20 are stronger than the Nats. Meisner could very well be #9 to #12 on the Nats.

        I still think the A’s would have received a better prospect by just taken the QO draft pick.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 28, 2015 at 1:57 PM

        I get that, Ghost. It’s possible that Kiley McDaniel is in your corner, too (on the comp pick being better). Keith Law and apparently (and more importantly) Billy Beane think a lot more of Meisner than that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2015 at 2:04 PM

        I used to think Beans was a genius and while I personally like him I think he botched it last July and in the off-season and isn’t making the best deals but hindsight is the best way to judge deals.

        Closers get QOs while set-up men are iffy because a QO would be 2 years of salary for the best setup man.

        I would’ve wanted more for Clip but if Meisner becomes a #3 or better than Beane did very well

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      I still have some affection for Clip, and so it bothers me on that level.

      If he beats the Nats, I’ll probably feel worse than if another Mets’ reliever does. If the Nats light him up, I probably won’t feel quite as happy as if they do it another Mets reliever.

      But do I think the Nats should fear him? Not really.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        Well said.

        “I still have some affection for Clip, and so it bothers me on that level.

        If he beats the Nats, I’ll probably feel worse than if another Mets’ reliever does. If the Nats light him up, I probably won’t feel quite as happy as if they do it another Mets reliever.”

  3. rlndtln - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    We need Denard back,

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Honestly, Clip to the Mets doesn’t even make sense to me…

    • rlndtln - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Anytime you can add a experienced reliever how can the Mets lose.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        Ya know…. dont take this the wrong way, but as much as you talk about the Mets, you may just want to become a Mets fan.

        Tyler hasn’t been all that great this year, fwiw. All lot of fan nostalgia here but he ain’t going to make that much of a difference for them imo. They need bats… Tyler Clippard isn’t that

    • exposedindc - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

      Relatively inexpensive, and Mejia is ineligible for the postseason

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      When you realize Mejia is ineligible for the playoffs and Tyler is a pretty cheap short term answer as closer if it gets to that.

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Slowly but surely, the walking wounded are on their way back. Nice…. welcome additions…

    Welcome back Jayson…

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    And with regards to Ryan Z… I just really hope he is healthy…

    I hate off days….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      +1 to healthy and +11 to productive

      He concerns me more than anyone and I just don’t have a good feeling.

      I’m thinking Espi at 1st for now and Werth in LF for now. When Span gets back, I’d move Werth to 1st base and MAT to LF and get Danny some spot starts to rest guys.

      • rmoore446 - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:45 PM

        Werth to 1B? He played one inning there for the 2007 Phillies. Even Espinosa has logged more–5 games all this year. Zimmerman is close to returning and he’s a safer bet defensively than newcomers to the position and I always thought you were keen on defensive Ghost.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:50 PM

        I believe Werth will be good there.

      • rmoore446 - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:12 PM

        Ghost, I wonder if Werth would share your faith. At his age, to bounce back from a bad early season at the plate, come back from injury, AND learn a new position is asking quite a lot. I am a Werth fan but let him regain his footing in the outfield.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        Werth was awful in LF in the 1st half and was actually the lowest rated LF in defense in May in UZR.

        He played more innings at 1st base in the Minors than he did in CF and RF and Toronto thought he was going to be a 1st baseman but he was blocked at the MLB level by CARLOS DELGADO so they moved him to LF. If you remove his rehab starts in the Minors, he really didn’t play much RF.

        He was mostly a catcher in the Minors and Toronto felt his natural position was going to be 1st base if not blocked by Carlos Delgado.

        So are you telling me that you don’t think Werth would be better than CRob defensively at 1st base?

      • rmoore446 - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:40 PM

        Awful at LF but okay at 1B? IMO, he might possibly be better than CRob but I don’t think he would match Zimmerman or, defensively match Moore. Maybe after a ST working at it This is a fantasy argument since I can’t imagine Williams sticking him at first base. But I give you points for imagination.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        Zimmerman has been very good at 1st base. I have no doubt that if Werth got side work like Espi did that he would equally be as good. Only on Natsinsider do I see people freaking out about position changes. The Orioles put Chris Davis in RF and Steve Pearce at 2nd base and Ryan Flaherty and 1st base.

      • rmoore446 - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Glad to see that you agree Zimmerman has been very good at 1B. You must think Ryan isn’t going to come back if you want to replace him with a offensively struggling Werth who hasn’t played the 1B position for a decade in the middle of a pennant race. I’m not ready to give up yet on Zimmerman.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        I am very concerned about Ryan and his health and his productivity.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM

        He played more innings at 1st base in the Minors than he did in CF and RF

        C’mon, Ghost, you’re usually better than that. For one thing the numbers that we’re talking about are negligible – I can’t find the exact innings count, but according to B-R Werth played 49 games in CF, 43 games in RF and 36 games at 1b in the minors. Of those 36 games at 1b, he played 8 games there for the O’s in 1997 (!) and another 28 games there for the Blue Jays in 2001. After that, not at all. And by limiting your statement to CF and RF you were able to ignore his 136 games in LF.

        Toronto felt his natural position was going to be 1st base if not blocked by Carlos Delgado.

        Interesting – I’d never read that before. Source?

        I’ll note that even if Toronto felt that was Werth’s natural position, there’s no indication that Werth agreed, or that the projection survived contact with reality/results on the field. At least Zimmerman and Espinosa had spent their careers in the infield before being tossed over to first – and Zimmerman had Spring Training to work on the position. Heck, I’m not even ruling out Werth every playing at first base over the next two seasons. I just think it would be a helluva thing to take an outfielder coming back from injury and drop him in the infield when his extremely limited experience there was 14 years ago.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

        Werth was drafted as a catcher and kept as a catcher until Toronto traded for him and didn’t see him as a catcher. They thought 1st baseman and LF hoping his bat would justify finding a spot for him. Delgado was entrenched at 1st base so they moved him to the outfield.

        Toronto eventually traded him and let the next team figure it out. The Phillies had Ryan Howard and the outfield is where Werth got entrenched.

        Many position changes are done due to necessity and being blocked. Yonder Alosnso with the Reds was in the same situation but that was squeezing a square peg in a round hole.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    And yes, imma keep hope alive that the Nats are able to get Chapman without having to give up a bunch of good pieces…

    Fingers crossed.

  8. chaz11963 - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Huge, JW will produce. Maybe not with the pop we have seen, but he is a hitter. He will hit.

    • adcwonk - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      … and will otherwise get on base, too.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    The Rangers have put together a very impressive package for Cole Hamels. I had the Rangers and Cubs as the 2 teams I thought would end up at the end for Hamels. Now we have to see if the Dodgers jump into it. Rumor is if Texas gets Hamels that they will trade Gallardo to the Dodgers.

  10. veejh - Jul 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Mets get Clippard? A lot of good he’s gonna do when they’re behind the majority of the time because they can’t hit. LOL

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      And yet a poster calls Rizzo a “dope” for not getting a rental like Clippard when most of us understand Rizzo has better options in the works.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Edwin Jackson passed through waivers and went unclaimed and got his outright release and is now a Free Agent.

    • veejh - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Seems logical. Who would want that has been?

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        Same clown that claimed back in April that Rizzo failed with the horrible bench he accumulated and now claims Rizzo is at fault for the injured players.

    • JayB - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      This team needs a whole lot of moves to win a playoff game and Clip for that price shouldhave been the start of two bats and a closer and clip to dump solis

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:25 PM

        I will have comments at Friday mid-afternoon because until the Deadline passes, why judge?

        Rizzo could’ve got Clippard back and chose not to.

        I think Beane made a bad deal. Why trade Clippard for a middling prospect when you will get a better one at the Draft as compensation when you QO him.

      • veejh - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        So, JayB, are you claiming the current roster couldn’t win 1 game in the playoffs? Please.

      • JayB - Jul 27, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        yes the current team can not win against any playoff team…they have no bats….harper and 8 others

      • nats128 - Jul 28, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        Did Rendon who was 5th in MVP voting forget how to hit?

      • therealjohnc - Jul 28, 2015 at 10:17 AM

        Ghost, Clippard wasn’t going to get a QO. It’s very rare that a relief pitcher gets a QO, because who wants to pay a relief pitcher $16-17M a season? The only ones that have gotten a QO, for better or worse, are top of the line established closers. Clippard wasn’t that before his numbers faltered a bit this season. So as an initial matter your premise is false – Oakland wasn’t going to get a compensation pick for Clippard.

        But play that out – could the A’s have gotten someone better than Meisner with the supplemental pick? Meisner was a 3rd round pick two years ago, but has been rising fast – his value is considerably greater now that he’s established that he’s made the transition to pro ball out of high school. I’ve seen a considerable split in value on his assessments. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs on Meisner:

        “Meisner is an inventory arm that could be a back-end starter, but he’s only 20, so the chance for Oakland winning a projection gamble and getting a mid-rotation guy is still alive.”

        Compare that with Keith Law of ESPN on Meisner:

        “If healthy, at worst he could be a Chris Young type with a better breaking ball, and at best he could become a No. 2 starter as he still has a lot of room for growth — both physical and mental.”

        Unsurprisingly, Law hates the deal from the Mets’ side. Even if you accept the QO/supplemental pick for Clippard (which I don’t, but hey), then it’s quite possible that Beane is on the Keith Law side of the projection for Meisner – in which case he could well value that above the supplemental pick (that he wasn’t going to get anyway). Could the Nats have beaten that? Sure – but it would have taken more than Voth or Pivetta to do it. Lopez or Cole could have, but who wants to give up that much for 30 expensive innings from Clippard?

  12. coop202 - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Good play by mets. That was probably the best arm we would’ve traded for to help our bp.

    • veejh - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      How is that good for the Mets? They still can’t hit. Wrong move.

    • veejh - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      Did they make the move just to ensure that we wouldn’t get him back?

      • coop202 - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        2/3 of Pirates, Giants and Cubs could be harder to catch than us, especially with a shot pen. Rizzo doesn’t make big mid-season trades (at least he hasn’t before, that could change), meaning clip for $2M and a throw in 20 yo was probably our peak bid.

  13. dcwx61 - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    And Zimm not in tonights Harrisburg lineup again so he’s not feeling too good….might have to make due with Espi/Moore/Robinson at first

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      That’s not good unless he’s in Miami.

  14. rlndtln - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    We need Span back.

    • adcwonk - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      +2

  15. adcwonk - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    So, when Span comes back, can we start dreaming of lineup that looks something like:

    Span
    Rendon
    Escobar
    Harper
    Werth . . .

    (or, actually, I prefer Harper 3rd)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      I like Harper in the 3 hole. Puts the pressure on the pitcher in the 1st inning.

      • rlndtln - Jul 27, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        Span,Rendon,Harp,Esco,Crob,Werth,,Desi ,Ramos.Until Werth is really ready.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Looks good.

  16. someguyinva - Jul 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Doesn’t someone have to get DFA’d or otherwise dropped from the 40 man for Werth to return? I know he was recently moved to the 60 day DL to make room for Abel de Los Santos, so who’s likely to get cut here? Burriss?

    • therealjohnc - Jul 28, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      Most likely Burriss, possibly Erik Davis.

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