Jayson Werth: Washington Nationals OF Could Return 3 Weeks Sooner Than Expected

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 26: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of  a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 26, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals are slowly starting to put pieces of their injury puzzle back together.

On Monday, manager Davey Johnson shared a bit information that adds optimism to Jayson Werth's recovery: 

Davey said the surgeon at the Mayo Clinic told Jayson Werth that by having surgery right away he probably shaved 3 weeks off his recovery.


It appears that the initial 12-week recovery estimate will now be brought down to nine weeks. The quick surgery has allowed for an opportunity for the Nats to get Werth back in the lineup sooner rather than later, which will only make Washington an even better team to contend with this summer.

The timetable appears to put Werth in line to return to action in late July or early August. A lot can change in the two months between now and then, but anything positive is good news.

Werth was hitting .276 with three home runs and 12 RBI before breaking his wrist attempting to make a spectacular play in left field on May 6.