Werth scratched from Nats' lineup, named NL Player of the Month

Jayson Werth has been named the National League Player of the Month.

He'll celebrate with an unplanned day of rest.

Werth has been scratched from the Nationals' lineup for tonight's series opener against the Braves. Manager Davey Johnson said this afternoon that Werth's bruised right hand isn't really much of an issue, but the strained groin that Werth aggravated this weekend in Milwaukee is still bothering him.

The Nationals had originally written Werth into today's lineup, but he walked off the field with a trainer minutes ago and now will take tonight's game off.

Denard Span will also sit tonight with Braves left-hander Mike Minor getting the start, leaving the Nats with an outfield that has Bryce Harper in center, Steve Lombardozzi in left and Scott Hairston in right.

Meanwhile, Werth earns the first monthly citation of his 12-year MLB career after a July in which he hit .367 (33-for-90) with two doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBIs, 17 runs scored, 15 walks and two stolen bases.

Werth led the National League in OPS (1.072), on-base percentage (.450) and RBIs in July, while also ranking among the NL's top five in homers (tied for second), batting average (second) and slugging percentage (fifth, .622).

Updated Nats lineup
CF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Scott Hairston
RHP Stephen Strasburg

For the Braves
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Brian McCann
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
CF B.J. Upton
SS Andrelton Simmons
LHP Mike Minor

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