Jayson Werth is off the disabled list and back on the Nationals’ active roster after sitting out the first six games of the season recovering from January shoulder surgery.
Werth will take over as the starting left fielder, as the Nationals decided they’d rather have Bryce Harper is right field. Three different players filled in for Werth in the week he missed, led by Tyler Moore with three starts.
If healthy Werth provides a huge boost to the Nationals’ injury wrecked lineup. He’s hit .290 or higher in three straight seasons, grinds out long plate appearances and draws tons of walks, and still has 20-homer power in his mid-30s.
Last year he hit .292 with 16 homers, 37 doubles, and an .849 OPS in 147 games, ranking third among NL hitters with a .393 on-base percentage.