Bill Ladson

Werth nearing rehab stint as wrist improves

Swinging fungo bat and hitting off tee, Nats outfielder hopes to start assignment after break

Werth nearing rehab stint as wrist improves

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 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.