Werth's next step is back-to-back full games

Werth's next step is back-to-back full games

WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth was at Nationals Park on Tuesday, and he should be back in the Nationals' lineup before they hit the road again.

Manager Davey Johnson said Werth, out since May 6 with a broken left wrist, will play two or three more Minor League rehab games with nearby Class A Potomac before rejoining Washington sometime on this homestand. General manager Mike Rizzo expected Werth to play back-to-back nine-inning games, and the outfielder will be evaluated after that.

"He feels like he could play, but he's not quite 100 percent," Johnson said. "Hopefully before the homestand's up, he'll be ready to come back."

"He's walking around feeling pretty good about himself," added Rizzo. "He's in good spirits. He says he feels good, with a little normal soreness, but I think that he's well on his way to coming back."

Werth has yet to play a full nine-inning game in eight rehab games with Class A Potomac and Triple-A Syracuse. In seven games with Syracuse, he's hitting .238 with two doubles, four RBIs, six walks and five strikeouts.