Werth returns to lineup after resting legs

Werth returns to lineup after resting legs

HOUSTON -- Jayson Werth was back in the Nationals' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Astros, batting sixth and playing right field.

Werth left Monday's game early due to soreness in his legs, and manager Davey Johnson held him out of Tuesday's starting lineup. Werth did play in Washington's 12-inning win over Houston, knocking a pinch-hit single to right field in the eighth inning.

"Feeling better," Johnson said of Werth. "Not good enough to play center, but feeling better. Hopefully he can make it nine."

Werth returned from his rehab assignment Thursday after missing 75 games, and the Nationals have won every game he's played in since then. Their only loss was the second game of Friday's doubleheader, when Werth sat. In all, Washington went 43-32 when he was on the disabled list but has gone 24-9 with him on the active roster.

The veteran outfielder has reached base safely in 18 straight games dating back to April 21, posting a .408 on-base percentage during that span. He has posted a .471/.591/.471 batting line in six games, five starts, since his return.