Club hopes Werth can return this weekend
Outfielder to miss rest of Phils series with elbow bruise
PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth sat out Wednesday's game against the Phillies and will also miss Thursday's game because of a right elbow bruise he suffered in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.
In the seventh inning, with runners on first and third and Washington leading, 2-0, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz tried to pick off Werth at third base, but Ruiz's throw hit Werth on the right elbow and bounced toward the tarp near the stands. Werth scored easily, but was in obvious pain. He left the game immediately and iced the elbow.
Manager Davey Johnson is hoping that Werth is able to play in the three-game series against the Braves at Nationals Park, which starts on Friday night.
"I hope he is ready for the Atlanta series because we want to be spoilers," Johnson said.
Johnson wants Strasburg to start '11 finale
PHILADELPHIA -- With left-handers Tommy Milone and Ross Detwiler having started Tuesday's doubleheader, Nationals manager Davey Johnson has decided Detwiler will pitch on normal rest and take the hill against the Braves on Sunday. Milone will get the nod against the Marlins on Monday in Miami.
The Nationals haven't announced who will pitch the season finale next Wednesday. Johnson said he would like to see right-hander Stephen Strasburg throw, but it's up to the doctors and front office people to determine if Strasburg is a go. Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery last year, is expected to start Friday against the Braves at Nationals Park.
"I would like to bring him back [next] Wednesday. If I don't get anyone to fight me too hard, I'll bring him back." Johnson said.
If Strasburg doesn't start the last game, right-hander Brad Peacock -- who faced the Phillies on Wednesday -- would get the nod.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.