WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 -- retroactive to May 16 -- because of two small fractures in his left wrist, is swinging the fungo bat and hitting off a tee. Werth said the pain is gone, but he now has to get his wrist strength back.
Werth is hoping to start a rehab assignment sometime after the All-Star break. The Nats can use his bat. When healthy, Werth is known for his high on-base percentage -- posting a .394 OBP last season.
Werth hurt the wrist on May 15, when he was hit by a pitch from Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.