Werth happy for Brown's success in Philadelphia

Werth happy for Brown's success in Philadelphia

CLEVELAND -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is not surprised that Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is having a breakout season. Entering Sunday action, Brown is leading the Phillies in home runs (19) and RBIs (48).

Brown was slated to be the starting right fielder after Werth left the Phillies after the 2010 season, but he struggled for two seasons before putting things together.

"I was more surprised after I left and he struggled," Werth said. "That was surprising, because I [believe he has] a lot of talent, just raw ability. I assumed the player that we are seeing now was who he was.

"When he struggled a little bit, I was surprised, but I never stopped believing in him. He is a good kid. I spent a lot of time with him when I was in Philly. I kind of took him under my wing a little bit, not that he needed it. I'm happy for him."

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.