The ball was cracking off Jayson Werth's with a sound so flush that even the Washington Nationals' intense right fielder could smile at the relief of it.

Ten weeks and two days after Werth underwent surgery to repair a distal radius fracture in his left wrist, he was on the field at Nationals Park taking full batting practice for the first time. He sprayed the ball to all fields, at one point hit seven consecutive monster home runs to left and center field and came away receiving handshakes from general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Davey Johnson and a host of coaches and trainers who watched the session.

They came away so impressed that it is likely Werth will go to Single-A Potomac on Friday to begin a rehab assignment that can last a maximum of 20 days.

"I think everyone is a little surprised," Werth said Wednesday. "I'm surprised, at least with how it felt in the last week. It's come a long way. … It's one of those things where, we're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, but we're really good. We're way ahead. I think everyone is really pleased, and I'm real excited."

The ball was cracking off Jayson Werth's with a sound so flush that even the Washington Nationals' intense right fielder could smile at the relief of it.

Ten weeks and two days after Werth underwent surgery to repair a distal radius fracture in his left wrist, he was on the field at Nationals Park taking full batting practice for the first time. He sprayed the ball to all fields, at one point hit seven consecutive monster home runs to left and center field and came away receiving handshakes from general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Davey Johnson and a host of coaches and trainers who watched the session.

They came away so impressed that it is likely Werth will go to Single-A Potomac on Friday to begin a rehab assignment that can last a maximum of 20 days.

"I think everyone is a little surprised," Werth said Wednesday. "I'm surprised, at least with how it felt in the last week. It's come a long way. … It's one of those things where, we're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, but we're really good. We're way ahead. I think everyone is really pleased, and I'm real excited."