Aug 30, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a 2-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: September Most Important Month of Werth's Career

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Werth: Sept. most important month of career

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SEATTLE — Earlier this season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said it was an honor to be hitting third in the lineup. But on Sunday, Werth declined to evaluate his performance this season because the team has another month to go.

In fact, Werth went so far as to say the final month is the most important of his career. Read full article here.

After leaving Nats, Young hits stride in Seattle

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

SEATTLE — Right-hander Chris Young started Spring Training with the Nationals, but they released him toward the end of the Grapefruit League season before signing with the Mariners. Young is having a productive season for Seattle, going 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA. He is scheduled to pitch on Monday against the Athletics.

To Young, there is only one reason he is having his best season since 2006. He is healthy. It was June of 2013 when doctors finally figured out why Young was having problems staying healthy. After he went on the disabled list at Triple-A Syracuse, Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih and the Syracuse medical staff believed Young did not have a shoulder problem after all. They had Young go to a neck specialist in St. Louis, and it was revealed he had thoracic outlet syndrome. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals shut down top Syracuse Chiefs pitching prospect A.J. Cole for season

(Lindsay Kramer, Syracuse.com)

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Chiefs have lost a potential playoff ace before the postseason has even started.

The Washington Nationals on Sunday ended the season of A.J. Cole because they decided he’d thrown enough this season. Technically, Cole was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Nationals, but since that team’s season is over Cole is all done.

The 6-5 Cole, 22, tossed a combined 134 innings for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. With the Chiefs, he was 7-0 with a 3.43 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched. Read full article here.

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