Nationals activate Jayson Werth from the disabled list

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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.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.