MRI exam on Jayson Werth’s hamstring comes back clean

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Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with a hamstring injury, but an MRI exam showed no structural damage.

Chase Hughes of reports that “the team wants to have medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih take a closer look, however, before a specific return date is announced.”

His recovery has been slowed by sickness, which has caused him to be dehydrated. It’s nearing the point where the Nationals might as well just put Werth on the disabled list, because they can always backdate the move and make him eligible to return in a week anyway.

A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.