|© MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.|
Werth homers twice in rehab start06/02/2013 6:30 PM ET
By Ashley Marshall / Special to MLB.com
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth remained on track to rejoin Washington early next week after his strongest rehab outing so far.
Sidelined since April with a right hamstring injury, Werth homered twice and plated six runs in the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals' 10-6 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday.
Batting second and playing right field, Werth walked and scored in the first inning and lined out to right field in the second.
Werth then slugged a three-run homer to right field off Greg Ross with two outs in the fourth, flew out to right to end the fifth and hit another three-run long ball to center field in the eighth. In the field, he made all three plays.
In five rehab games with the P-Nats, the 34-year-old World Series champion is 9-for-16 with eight RBIs and six runs.
He was originally slated to play nine innings Saturday in the middle game of the three-game set. He came out after five innings in order to go the distance Sunday -- a day game -- in what is expected to be his final rehab outing.
Werth made one start for Potomac on May 15, but he exited the game after two at-bats after feeling his hamstring tighten as he left the batter's box. A second MRI revealed the strain was worse than expected, and he did not return to game action until Wednesday.
If there are no other problems or lingering effects, Werth, who appeared in 81 big league games last year, may return to Washington's lineup when the Nationals host the Mets on Tuesday.
In 27 Major League games with Washington this year, the 34-year-old is hitting .260 with four homers and 10 RBIs.
On Sunday, Potomac center fielder Billy Burns reached base three times and scored three runs and first baseman Kevin Keyes was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Starter A.J. Cole (2-2) gave up four runs on six hits while striking out eight batters over 5 1/3 innings.
Lynchburg left fielder Robby Hefflinger hit his 16th homer of the season, tying him for the Minors lead with West Virginia's Stetson Allie, Reno's Kila Ka'aihue and Corpus Christi's George Springer. Greg Ross (2-2) yielded seven runs on seven hits and six walks over four innings for the Hillcats.