SAN FRANCISCO - Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched for the second time in as many days today after injuring his right ankle on Monday night. Werth said he could probably play today, but wouldn't be able to run as effectively as he needs to do.
He was hopeful he'll be back in Washington's lineup on Thursday against the Padres. Werth didn't know how to classify the injury, but said he jammed his ankle and didn't sprain it.
"It's not like a high ankle sprain or anything," he said. "It's not something that takes forever."
Werth was originally in the Nationals' lineup today, but was scratched for Laynce Nix in right field. He'll be available to pinch hit, like he was on Tuesday. He said he was surprised that it's taken as long as it has to feel better, but didn't think a stint on the disabled list was a possibility.
Additionally, Jerry Hairston Jr. is serving his one-game suspension today for his "aggressive actions" on May 27, when he got into an argument with home plate umpire Ed Hickox after he asked for time and wasn't granted it. Hairston had been appealing his suspension, saying he never pushed or shoved Hickox, but since he wasn't going to play today after leaving last night's game with lower back spasms, he dropped his appeal. Manager Jim Riggleman said he didn't want Hairston to miss today's game with an injury and miss another one if he lost his hearing.