Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has finally returned from a long injury layoff. He hasn't appeared in a game for the Nats since mid-May, when he suffered an injury to his left wrist. The team announced on Thursday that he had been activated from the 60-day disabled list, while Henry Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 2, 2012
#Nationals today activated and reinstated OF Jayson Werth from the 60-day DL (LWrist) and placed Henry Rodriguez on the 15 day DL (back)
Werth struggled to live up to his massive new contract in his first year with the Nationals in 2011 and was off to a slightly better start in 2012 before he got injured. The Nationals are coming off two straight losses against the Philadelphia Philles, and their offense has been non-existent in those two games. Werth's return will be very welcome as the Nats attempt to hold off the Atlanta Braves in the race for the NL East division title.
Here's a look at Washington's lineup for Thursday's series finale against Philadelphia. Contrary to the tweet, Werth is actually starting in center field.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 2, 2012
#Nats 8/2 Lineup: Espinosa SS, Harper RF, Zimmerman 3B, Morse LF, LaRoche 1B, Werth RF, Leon C, Lombo 2B, Detwiler LHP