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Werth's left wrist much improved

VIERA, Fla. -- On Jan. 26, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said his left wrist was not as strong as he would like it to be. Last season, Werth broke his left wrist on May 6 against the Phillies, an injury that kept him out of action until early August.

When he returned to action, Werth hit just two home runs. For the season, he hit a total of five, not including the game-winning home run against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

On Saturday, his first day in Spring Training, Werth said his wrist is much better.

"It's better than it was. It's actually gotten a lot better since the last time we talked. It probably has a long way to go, I would say," Werth said. "It's definitely not as strong as it was, but it feels pretty good. It doesn't bother me. I feel strong. We'll see. Obviously, the numbers are going to speak for themselves as we go on here. I definitely didn't have as much power when I came back from the injury as before the injury."

After spending most of last year in the leadoff spot, Werth is expected to be in the middle of the order, most likely batting sixth.