May 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Nationals News 5/15


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Werth: Nats in good place considering injuries

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

PHOENIX — The Nationals entered Wednesday’s series finale against the D-backs at 20-19, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East. It’s not what most baseball experts anticipated. With the addition of right-hander Doug Fister, many felt the Nationals would be one of the better teams in baseball.

But it hasn’t helped that the team has been hit with major injuries to key players such as third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Bryce Harper. The Nationals are also ranked the worst in defense in the NL.

However, right fielder Jayson Werth continues to be optimistic that the Nationals can be a factor in the NL East. Read full article here.

Nationals, Astros working toward spring training facility

(Marc Lancaster, Washington Times)

The Washington Nationals continue to pursue a new spring training facility in Palm Beach County, Florida, that they would share  with the Houston Astros, but plenty of hurdles remain.

The Palm Beach Post reported Astros owner Jim Crane and Nationals general partner Art Fuccillo met Tuesday with officials from Palm Beach County and the city of West Palm Beach about an 84-acre site that has been proposed for a joint training facility.

County Administrator Bob Weisman told the Post the proposed facility would cost at least $100 million, but numerous details must still be worked out before the parties move forward. Read full article here.

Adam LaRoche resting quad in Washington, expected back from DL when eligible

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

Adam LaRoche is back in Washington ahead of the Nationals, receiving treatment and resting his injury right quadriceps. LaRoche left the Nationals in Phoenix on Tuesday and returned to Washington ahead of the team, which will fly back after Wednesday’s game.

LaRoche is still in the midst of his resting period, which could last another four or five days, according to Nationals Manager Matt Williams. The Nationals still hope that LaRoche, the team’s best hitter, will return from the 15-day disabled list as soon as he is eligible on May 25.

“The results of the MRI as such that it’s not really a bad strain,” Williams said. “So it should heal fairly quickly. The key is not to push him too fast too early in the rehab and 15-day process to make sure he’s ready to go. He should be fine.” Read full article here.

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