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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.