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Bill Ladson

Werth out of Nats' lineup with back tightness

Werth out of Nats' lineup with back tightness

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was not in Saturday's starting lineup in a 2-1 win over the Marlins because of back tightness. Manager Dusty Baker said sitting Werth down was precautionary.

Werth started feeling pain in his back during Friday night's series opener. He was taken out in the seventh inning. Once he went into the locker room, Werth did some muscle tests with the trainers, and they ruled out any strains or muscle pulls in the back.

"Jayson is OK. We are trying to get through [Sunday] and we have four or five days to heal and take care of our wounded," Baker said.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.