Jayson Werth is finally ready to play some baseball, after more than 10 weeks have gone by since the Nationals right fielder broke his wrist. Werth took batting practice on Wednesday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Potomac on Friday.
Werth said he was surprised with the way his wrist has felt in the past week and that he's come a long way in recovering. He had these insightful comments on Wednesday from the Washington Post:
"I'm going to get my body in shape, ready to play, as I'm gaining strength," Werth said. "There are things I still don't have with my hand. It's not that I need to prepare. We've still got a ways to go with the rehab. At the same time, it feels good enough that I'm not going to injure it. I don't expect any setbacks or anything like that. At the same time, I'm going to get my body and my legs, my eyes, in shape ahead of time while my hand continues to heal and recover. It's a timing thing.
"You don't want to be in a situation where I go up too early and I injure it. At the same time, I don't want to go out and my hand is ready, but yet my legs aren't. It's getting ready to play. We all feel good about the timing of it and what we're trying to accomplish. Will it be all 20 days? I don't think so. But I don't know. Everything has happened so fast. It's a good thing. But there are still a lot of unknowns."