Werth feeling good, swinging hot bat since return

Werth feeling good, swinging hot bat since return

HOUSTON -- As far as Nationals manager Davey Johnson was concerned, Jayson Werth had the day off on Monday. That is to say, he wasn't playing center field -- he was starting in right field and batting sixth.

Werth has jumped right back into the swing of things since coming off the disabled list last week. He's played every day -- although not every game, as he only started Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader -- and hit well. Werth has gone 5-for-12 with five walks and only one strikeout in four games since returning, and he's yet to report any soreness after missing 75 games with a broken left wrist.

"I feel good. It's a little surprising. Everything happened so fast," Werth said on Sunday. "I went from not being able to swing to here in like 10 days. I feel strong. I'm just glad to be back and part of the club.

"It's surprising, really, to suffer that kind of injury and be out for three months or whatever, then the last two weeks, all of a sudden it just shows up and it's ready to go."

Werth may have surprised himself, but not Johnson. The skipper said he could tell in Spring Training that Werth was back on track after a disappointing 2011, and the way he's been swinging the bat since his return has only reinforced that opinion.

"Actually, he is more aggressive and more hungry coming back than he was when he started the year," Johnson said. "He's been attacking the ball. I like that. I like what I'm seeing. I don't think he's probably 100 percent there yet."

Werth left Monday's 5-4 win against the Astros in the eighth inning because, Johnson said, his legs were tightening up. Werth said it was nothing, and he planned to be back on the field Tuesday.