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Rest key for Werth following return from DL

MIAMI -- Left fielder Jayson Werth was out of the starting lineup -- given a routine day of rest -- as the Nationals closed their series against the Marlins with a 1-0 win on Thursday afternoon. The club is letting Werth take it slow after he missed two months with two small fractures in his left wrist.

Clint Robinson got the start for the Nats, hitting cleanup, in place of Werth, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth and lined out to third base. Werth played all nine innings of the Nats' win on Wednesday night.

"We are making sure that [Werth] saves his legs as much as possible," manager Matt Williams said.

The Nationals are also planning to give Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman a day of rest soon, according to Williams. Both Rendon and Zimmerman have missed significant action this season due to injuries.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.
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