Jayson Werth RF WAS 6 Days

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Saturday that expects Werth (shoulder) to be available when the regular season begins, the Washington Post reports.Initial reports suggested Werth's recovery from January shoulder surgery would take 2-to-3 months, but the team seems confident he will be able to round into game shape by Opening Day. "He takes really good care of his body and probably as well-versed at getting prepared for the season as anyone that we have," Rizzo said. If Werth doesn't quite make it back in time to start the season, the team could turn to Nate McLouth or Michael Taylor to fill the void in left.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 29 Days

Werth (shoulder) will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge Thursday, CSN Washington reports.

The 35-year-old was pulled over back in July after a police officer clocked his Porsche driving 105 miles per hour in a 55-mile per hour zone. Originally slated to serve 10 days, Werth appealed the ruling and the sentence has been reduced to five days. At this point, neither Major League Baseball nor the Nationals have taken any additional action in the form of a suspension or otherwise.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 2 Months

Friday's surgery on the AC joint in Werth's shoulder was successful and revealed no complications, and the Nationals' outfielder anticipates that he'll have minimal rehab time, the Washington Post reports.

The original timetable for Werth's recovery was given as 2-3 months, so if his extremely non-medical opinion is correct then he could see enough action in spring training to be ready for Opening Day. If your league drafts before we get a clearer picture on Werth's rehab though, it's probably safer to assume he'll begin the season on the DL.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 2 Months

Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair an AC joint in his right shoulder, CSN's Mark Zuckerman reports.

Werth dealt with an AC joint sprain back in August, but he only missed a handful of games, and then posted a .339/.473/.542 slash line over the final six weeks of the season. While an expected full-time move to left field makes even more sense in light of this recent news, a timetable of 2-3 months still leaves Werth in danger of missing the beginning of the regular season. At the least, he figures to get a very late start at spring training, which could threaten his early-season availability, even if the shoulder heals quickly. Should Werth ultimately miss some games, the primary candidates for added playing time in left field would likely be Nate McLouth and Michael Taylor.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 3 Months

Werth will move to left field in 2015 with Bryce Harper moving to right, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

General manager Mike Rizzo said the decision was made because Harper will have more range in right, and for good measure ensured the media that both players have agreed to the switch. It's largely moot for fantasy purposes, as both will still be playing every day, though the move to a less strenuous position may help preserve Werth's health.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 3 Months

Werth was convicted of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving over 100 miles per hour on the Capital Beltway, the Associated Press reports.

A Fairfax County judge handed down the sentence Friday for the July 6 incident, but Werth will have the option of appealing the conviction. The expectation is that he will only have to spend five days in jail and it doesn't seem like something that will draw discipline from the league.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 5 Months

Werth is out of Sunday's lineup against the Marlins.

One of the oldest Nationals will take an extra day off to rest for the playoffs. Since clinching the division, Werth has been given several days off to be replaced by Bryce Harper or Nate Schierholtz in right field, with Sunday being Harper's turn. Ryan Zimmerman will play in left for Harper.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 5 Months

Werth went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI in the Nationals' loss to Miami in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.

After winning the early game - Werth sat that one out - the Nationals pretty much emptied their bench in the nightcap. Werth ended a home run short of the cycle as Washington picked up seven runs, but it wasn't nearly enough as the primarily low leverage mound corps allowed 15.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 5 Months

Werth is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader with the Marlins.

Werth sat the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, and will do the same Friday afternoon. Bryce Harper will move over to cover right, with Ryan Zimmerman taking over in left field and Denard Span (knee) returning to center. Look for Werth to be back in action for the night cap.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 5 Months

Werth is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Mets, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Werth will sit for the second time in three games, as manager Matt Williams looks to give some his key regulars some rest in advance of what could be a long postseason run. While Werth will give way to Ryan Zimmerman in the outfield for Game 1, look for him to slot back into right field in the second contest of the day.