Werth likely to return from DL on time

Werth likely to return from DL on time

PHILADELPHIA -- One week after suffering a right oblique strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list, Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth has resumed swinging a bat and coaches remain optimistic about his return when he becomes eligible on June 8.

Hitting coach Milt Thompson said Saturday that he has been instructing the outfielder to slow his swing down.

"It's been a while since he swung a bat," Thompson said. "I don't want him to get too anxious and end up hurting his injury."

Thompson added that Werth would probably play in a rehabilitation assignment "in the next few days."

Before his injury, Werth was in the Phillies' starting outfield for 30 games. He enjoyed a career night on May 17, hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs, which tied team records for a nine-inning contest.

"He'll be ready to go when he comes off the list," manager Charlie Manuel said.

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