Jayson Werth left Thursday’s game against the Braves in the fifth inning after his right hamstring tightened up again and, according to Manager Davey Johnson, he is expected to miss time as he rests the injury.
Werth, who had never suffered a hamstring injury in his career, felt the initial cramping on Tuesday, and it tightened as the game wore on. He fouled a ball off his left ankle in the eighth inning of that game but had already told Johnson he would need a pinch runner if he reached base.
He missed Wednesday’s game because of the ankle injury, and X-rays were negative. Werth tested out his ankle and hamstring before Thursday’s game and told Johnson he felt well enough to play. Werth, however, had to promise to Johnson that if he felt any discomfort he had to report it. When Freddie Freeman singled to right field in the fourth inning, Werth chased the ball down and reached for it, and he felt his hamstring tighten again.

“He didn’t want to lose me so I told him I’d be totally honest with him,” Werth said.
Werth said a doctor examined him and told him the hamstring injury wasn’t serious but “very mild.” Roger Bernadina replaced him in right field.