Nearly three full months to the day after breaking his wrist diving for a ball in right field, Jayson Werth was activated from the disabled list this afternoon by the Washington Nationals. That day Washington was hosting Cole Hamelsand the Philadelphia Phillies. Werth is in tonight’s lineup, batting sixth and playing center field, against Hamels once again.
Over nine rehab games Werth batted .296/.457/.407, with eight hits and eight walks, over 35 plate appearances. He reportedly called Nationals Manager Davey Johnson late last night, proclaiming that he was “ready to go” and anxious to get back in the lineup.
In order to make room on the active roster for Werth, the team placed right-hander Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain. Johnson admitted to reporters, including Mark Zuckerman, that some serious consideration was given to sending Tyler Moore back to Triple-A in order to get him consistent at bats for the next month, but the decision was ultimately made to keep him with the Major League club.