The whiteboard at the entrance to the Nationals clubhouse provided an important message ahead of Sunday's doubleheader: “Dressed by 12:00.” Normally, players are required to be stretched and ready far earlier than 90 minutes before game time.and more »
Jayson Werth is getting a rest Sunday. (Mark Tenally/Associated Press)
The whiteboard at the entrance to the Nationals clubhouse provided an important message ahead of Sunday’s doubleheader: “Dressed by 12:00.” Normally, players are required to be stretched and ready far earlier than 90 minutes before game time. But because the Nationals will play two games Sunday, Dusty Baker decided to let his players report later. Most of them had arrived by 11:30, when Jayson Werth walked in, with a cheery “good morning.” A few minutes later, the Nationals’ Game 1 lineup came out, and Werth was not in it.
Werth left Saturday night’s game with tightness in his groin, the same issue that cost him three games in late April, something he said he has had to deal with now and then during the past two years. He said this particular issue did not feel nearly as bad as the one for which he missed those games, and that he hoped he would be able to play at least one of the Nationals’ two games on Sunday. Baker does not meet the media before Sunday games and therefore could not provide an update.
By the time he met reporters after the Nationals’4-3 loss to the Phillies, he had an update, albeit a vague one: Werth is “so-so,” and Baker figured it was too much of a risk to play him on Sunday night, particularly with the possibility of two consecutive days off because of Monday’s off day. Werth is not in the lineup for the nightcap. Chris Heisey will play left field instead.
Werth was not the only player out of the Game 1 lineup against Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Ryan Zimmerman rested for part of it, too. Zimmerman had two hits in Saturday night’s win, and is in the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader, when Max Scherzer throws for the Nationals. Scherzer is not expected at the park for Game 1, so he can maintain his normal pre-start routine. Gio Gonzalez started Game 1.
Because of the doubleheader, both teams are allowed a 26th man, one that does not count against transactions, a player who does not have to have spent 10 days in the minors since he was optioned last. That player will be Matt Grace, who the Nationals optioned to Syracuse when Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley returned Friday. Friday night’s game was rained out, so Grace never went to Syracuse, staying around instead to serve as the 26th man Sunday.
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