PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said that his right elbow is feeling better and told manager Davey Johnson that he would be available to pinch-hit if needed.
Werth hasn't started the last two games because of a right elbow bruise he suffered in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.
In the seventh inning, with runners on first and third and Washington leading, 2-0, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz tried to pick off Werth at third base, but Ruiz's throw hit Werth on the right elbow and bounced toward the tarp near the stands. Werth scored easily, but was in obvious pain. He left the game immediately and iced the elbow.
"It's sore, but I told Davey if you needed me to play in a game, I will do my best to be ready. He wanted to give me another day off," Werth said. "I feel like I could probably play."