Bill Ladson

Werth day to day with sprained right ankle

Right fielder exits in seventh inning after awkward slide into second base

Werth day to day with sprained right ankle

MIAMI -- Right fielder Jayson Werth was not on the field when the Nationals lost a heartbreaker to the Marlins, 7-6, in the ninth inning Monday night. Werth left the game in the seventh inning because of a sprained right ankle. He is listed as day to day.

Werth is hoping that he can play in Tuesday's game against Miami.

In the top of the seventh inning with the Nationals leading, 6-0, and right-hander Sam Dyson on the mound, Werth hit a leadoff single near the right-field line. Werth tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

"I like to be an aggressive baserunner," Werth said after the game. "I felt when [Stanton] cut the ball off, which was a surprise, I still thought it was going to take a perfect throw. He made a perfect throw. … I would take that chance tomorrow if I had the opportunity."

After Werth slid awkwardly into second base, he was seen limping back into the dugout. He was replaced by Nate McLouth in right field to open the bottom of the inning.

"I won't know [how bad it is] until I wake up tomorrow," Werth said. "It will probably be a little sore. I'm going to try to play. I expect to play, but it could be sore.

"It's one of those things. The first time you sprain your ankle, it's the worst. ... I wasn't real sure at first. I wasn't feeling a whole lot better right away. They got me out of there to get some ice on it. Hopefully, I'll be available tomorrow."

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