Forearm fine, Werth talks way into lineup

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was originally scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Marlins because of a tight right forearm. But he convinced manager Davey Johnson that he was ready to play, and the skipper placed him second in the lineup.

Werth hurt the forearm Friday against the Cardinals while throwing the ball from right field.

"I threw the ball funky. It's not a big deal," Werth said. "Davey is just being cautious. I'm OK. It's Spring Training. These things come up every year. It's just one of those things. … Davey is really cautious. I played for guys who are not very cautious and they don't care if you have something going on. They want you out there.

"It's early in the spring. … It's fine, but at the same time, I want to be in there. I want to play, I want my at-bats. You have to be careful. You don't want to injure it more."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.