Jayson Werth cleared for minor league rehab assignment

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After missing two months with a fractured left wrist, Jayson Werth is finally getting close to rejoining the Nationals.

According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Werth will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Potomac. The veteran outfielder injured his wrist when he was hit by a pitch on May 15, but he didn’t have surgery until two weeks later when two small fractures were found. He said at the time that he hoped to return by August 1, but he might be able to beat that timetable if there are no setbacks during minor league action.

Werth got a late start on the season after shoulder surgery and was batting just .208/.294/.287 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 119 plate appearances prior to the wrist injury. The Nationals have relied on a combination of Michael Taylor, Clint Robinson, Tyler Moore, and Matt den Dekker in left field during his absence, though Taylor has recently been filling in at center field with Denard Span on the disabled list due to a back injury.

Jorge Soler hits Royals’ first home run in nearly two weeks

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The 16-31, last place Royals had a power outage lasting nearly two weeks. Entering Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jorge Soler had hit the club’s most recent home run, a solo shot off of the Phillies’ Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning on May 10. That time frame spanned eight games.

Soler ended the home run drought, hitting a three-run round-tripper off of Michael Wacha to cap off a six-run third inning in the first game of the twin billing, staking the Royals to a 7-0 lead.

Soler, 27, is now batting .249/.303/.497 with 11 homers, 30 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 198 plate appearances on the season. He’s the only member of the Royals currently in double-digits in homers, though Hunter Dozier (nine) and Alex Gordon (eight) should soon join him.