Werth has MRI on ailing joint in right shoulder

Werth has MRI on ailing joint in right shoulder

NEW YORK -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets because of problems with the AC joint in his right shoulder. In fact, around 4 p.m. ET, Werth left Citi Field with athletic trainer Lee Kuntz to see a doctor. Werth had an MRI on the shoulder, but the team did not reveal those results. They could be announced as early as Wednesday.

The Nationals thought the day off on Monday would help the shoulder, but Werth aggravated it making a sliding catch against the Braves the day before. Werth was expected to return to Citi Field and be available to pinch-hit, but he was not needed in the Nationals' 7-1 victory.

"He is not reacting well. We'll try to treat him again, get him going again. He feels sore today," manager Matt Williams said. "I don't think it's a DL-type situation. ... I don't think there isn't any major issue. I think it's inflamed and sore."

Werth hurt the shoulder making a catch against the Phillies during the most recent homestand at Nationals Park. He had the day off Saturday and was back in the lineup Sunday against Atlanta.

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.