Friday, August 3, 2012

Werth The Wait

Werth, 28, will hopefully have a few more celebrations like this one at the plate. (Photo: wjla.com)
The Nationals $127 million dollar man, Jayson Werth, returned to the line-up last night after he was taken off of the 60-Day DL due to a broken wrist. To make room for Werth, the Nationals placed close Henry Rodriguez back on the 15-day DL due to a back injury.

In his return to the majors, Werth went 1-3 with an RBI and a walk. Yep...he's back!

Werth brings a lot more to the table than his stat line shows. Listen to the first six batters in the Nationals line-up:

1) Danny Espinosa
2) Bryce Harper
3) Ryan Zimmerman
4) Michael Morse
5) Adam LaRoche
6) Jayson Werth

If that's not fire power...I don't know what is. Espinosa and Harper are extraordinarily good at getting on base and Zimmerman, Morse, LaRoche, and Werth are experts at moving them around the bags and bringing them home. Espinosa and Harper can even hit home runs. On any given night, the Nationals could finish the first inning of a game with a 6-0 lead or more.

Ryan Zimmerman's return from the bench was a productive one. He sat out Wednesday night's game with some soreness in his back. Zimmerman went 1-2 with a run scored, two walks, and one strikeout.

Ross Detwiler pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out three batters. He now improves to 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Davey got it right when he inserted Detwiler back into the starting line-up.

Adam LaRoche was the real winner from last nights contest as he had two RBI including a solo shot in the second inning.

One more thing to note, Chien-Ming Wang allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings Thursday in his latest rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg. I don't expect Wang to rejoin the major league club anytime soon (at least...he SHOULDN'T). Wang has been less than impressive during his rehab stint and has ten days left in his 30-day rehab window. He still may not be activated following the end of that window.

The pieces are starting to come back together for the Nationals. They have Chad Tracy, Drew Storen, and Jayson Werth back. With the line-up, bullpen, and bench put back together, I have a feeling the best is yet to come for the Nationals.

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