District Daily: Jayson Werth Could Return During Pirates Series


Aug 3, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder

Jayson Werth

(28) reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Checkout some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily!

Werth could return to action during Pirates series

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

NEW YORK — A day after getting a cortisone shot, Jayson Werth told manager Matt Williams that his right shoulder felt a lot better Thursday.

While he was not available for the Mets series, Werth might come off the bench for the Pirates series starting Friday at Nationals Park. Read full article here.

Asdrubal focused on helping Nats, not free agency

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

NEW YORK — Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera has been productive at the plate and with the glove since he joined the team in a trade from the Indians nearly two weeks ago.

Cabrera, who hit the game-winning home run and made a nice catch while going into the stands at Citi Field in a 3-2 Nationals victory on Wednesday, will be a free agent after the season. He is not sure what he plans to do, and he would like to continue to play shortstop, the position he played while with Cleveland, though he realizes that teams could ask him to play second base. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg Experiencing Steep Learning Curve

(Jordan Wevers, Rant Sports)

Stephen Strasburg was one of the most talked about prospects in the history ofbaseball when the Washington Nationals selected him first overall in the 2009 MLB amateur draft. At 20 years of age then, his name was eponymous with velocity and power pitching. His fastball had been noted by scouts to regularly touch 100 MPH. At 6-foot-4, his long, wiry frame played favorably well to the whip action his right-arm could generate during his wind-up and release. Now five years into a heavily hyped career, the hardships of facing big league hitting every five days is proving to be an honest test for Strasburg.

Strasburg’s debut in 2010 as a 21-year-old rookie was exquisite. He pitched seven innings, allowed only two earned runs and fanned 14 hitters. He has not reached that number of strikeouts in a single outing since. What’s more, many people predicted he would be a Cy Young contender at some point in his career. Not so much, as there have been some bumps along the way. Read full article here.