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Bill Ladson

Nats get Werth, Zimmerman back from DL

Duo combines for three hits in return; club looks forward to seeing full lineup

Nats get Werth, Zimmerman back from DL

MIAMI -- The return of left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list on Tuesday didn't ultimately produce enough runs in the Nationals' 4-1 series-opening loss to the Marlins.

Still, manager Matt Williams looked at the positives as Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double and Werth went 1-for-4.

"Nonetheless, it was good to see Jayson out there and Zim out there," Williams said. "Looks like they're seeing it fine and swinging it OK."

Zimmerman doubles in first AB

Zimmerman -- who batted fifth -- missed more than a month of action because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Meanwhile, Werth -- who batted third -- missed more than two months with two small fractures in his left wrist.

"To be part of the club ... it's been a long time," Werth said. "Glad to be back. I feel good."

Facing Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in their first game back, Zimmerman scorched a double in the second inning, helping to set up the Nats' lone run. Werth singled in the eighth and Zimmerman followed with a single of his own. However, Werth also bounced into a double play with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

Fernandez gets bases-loaded DP

"That was frustrating," he said. "That was a big spot in the game. But I felt good and felt like I had some decent at-bats. The timing's good and the swing feels good."

In their shortened seasons thus far, each has struggled, as Werth is batting .210 in 29 games, while Zimmerman is at .215 through 57 games. Still, Werth expects the rejuvenated lineup to be dangerous in due time.

"Hopefully it leads to more wins," he said. "A lineup like that, we have good flow. We have balance. It's a pretty filled lineup with everybody in there."

In corresponding moves, the club optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A.

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. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.