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Out of lineup, Werth says ankle injury not serious

Out of lineup, Werth says ankle injury not serious

MIAMI -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was not in Tuesday night's starting lineup against the Marlins because of a sprained right ankle that he injured the previous night.

Although he is listed as day to day, Werth entered the Nats' 3-0 loss in the ninth inning, flying out to right field, and he hopes to back in the lineup by Wednesday. He spent most of pregame getting treatment to get the swelling down in the ankle. Werth believes he needs a day or so to fully recover. He did not have an MRI exam.

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"If he [manager Matt Williams] needs me, I'll be available," Werth said before Tuesday night's game. "If it wasn't as bad, I would probably be playing."

In the top of the seventh inning Monday night 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. McLouth was in Tuesday's starting lineup.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com 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.

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