Werth aiming to play Tuesday against Tigers

Werth aiming to play Tuesday against Tigers

PITTSBURGH -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth missed the three-game series against the Pirates because of a tight right hamstring, but is hoping to play against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Werth also didn't rule out being out of the lineup for the two-game series against Detroit and then return against the Cubs on Friday. He doesn't think he will be put on the disabled list.

"[Manager] Davey [Johnson] is just being cautious with the hamstring and that's fine with me," Werth said. "It's not injured. If it gets much worse, it could be a situation where I could be out for a significant amount of time. It's just tight, if we get to loosen up, it will be all right. There is no strain or significant injury in there. It just needs to loosen up. Whenever that happens, I'll be good to go."

Werth hurt the hamstring and his ankle Monday against the Braves. He played Thursday, but was taken out after the fourth inning.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com 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.