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Werth scratched with sore shoulder, ankle

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ATLANTA -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was scheduled to hit third against the Braves on Saturday night, but at around 6 p.m. ET, Werth was scratched from the lineup because of right shoulder and right ankle issues.

Werth injured his ankle trying to stretch a single into a double against the Marlins on July 28. It's not known when Werth hurt the shoulder. Manager Matt Williams said that Werth hurt the shoulder making a catch at Nationals Park recently.

Werth had the day off Friday, and Williams thought Werth was going to play Saturday. Williams said Werth was "getting worked on right now."

"[Werth] has had a little bit of an issue with [the shoulder]. It has been sore on occasion," Williams said. "If he takes a funky swing or swings at a bad ball or something, then he gets sore again. He has been playing with it for a week and a half and he is playing pretty well, too."

Werth was not available for comment before the game.

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.

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