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Werth got a start at DH Friday with the Nationals playing in Seattle, and went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run off Felix Hernandez.

The Nats shockingly lit up King Felix for four home runs, and six long balls in total on the night. In seven games since he missed a bit of time due to shoulder issues, Werth is batting .360 (9-for-25) with two homers and seven RBI.

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Werth was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against San Francisco on Friday night.

He missed a handful of games earlier this month with a balky shoulder, but appears to be healthy now. He has 13 home runs and 67 RBI to go with a solid .285 average, and remains a key part of the streaking Nationals' offense.

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Werth (shoulder) is batting third and playing right field Monday.

He had missed five straight games prior to Sunday's pinch-hit appearance, where he went 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs in an 11-inning victory, but he is now healthy enough to start, and should once again be a staple in the middle of the order going forward.

Jayson Werth RF WAS 1 Month

Werth (shoulder) made his return to the lineup a dramatic one on Sunday, drawing a walk as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and scoring the tying run, then doubling in his second plate appearance and coming around to score the winning run in an 11-inning victory.

It was his first action in a week. The fact that Werth stayed in the game in right field, and then was able to rip a line drive double into left field, bodes well for his ability to get back into the starting lineup in the very near future, possibly even Monday against the Diamondbacks.

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Werth (shoulder) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.

Werth was originally scheduled for a Sunday return, but after experiencing mild tenderness during Saturday's batting practice, the team will play it conservatively by sitting him out an extra day. Sunday will mark Werth's sixth straight game out of the lineup, so the team will likely be forced to consider a DL stint if he's not able to return soon. Michael Taylor will take over in right field for the afternoon tilt, with Bryce Harper moving back over to left.

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Werth (shoulder) was tender after taking a full batting practice session Saturday. His return to the lineup for Sunday's game is now in question, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

Ultimately, Werth is day-to-day, but the Nats will likely give him an extra day if he's feeling any addition soreness Sunday as a result of his increased activity Saturday night.

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Werth (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Manager Matt Williams had previously suggested a Saturday return was possible for Werth, who was treated with a cortisone shot Wednesday, but the team will go ahead and hold him out once again. Although the 35-year-old Werth just resumed swinging off a tee Friday, the goal seems to be to have him back for Sunday's finale.

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Werth (shoulder) will hit off a tee Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Just two days removed from receiving a cortisone shot, Werth is ready to resume swinging a bat and will go through a full workout Saturday morning to test his ailing shoulder. Manager Matt Williams has left the door open for Werth to slot back into the lineup Saturday, though Wagner suggests a return for Sunday's finale against Pittsburgh is more realistic.

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Werth (shoulder) could be available as a pinch hitter Friday, the Washington Post reports.

In an attempt to speed up Werth's recovery from an AC joint sprain, the Nats ordered a cortisone shot to the shoulder, and it seems the treatment is working. Werth told manager Matt Williams that he felt "a lot better" Friday, estimating he had improved "about 50 percent." Williams, meanwhile, said it's possible Werth could return to the lineup Saturday.

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Werth (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Thursday.

This was to be expected, with Werth likely to miss several days after being treated with a cortisone shot Wednesday. An MRI revealed that Werth is dealing with an AC joint sprain, and while he may remain limited into early next week, a DL stint appears unlikely at this point. Bryce Harper will again start in right field Thursday with Michael Taylor in left.