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Werth returns from sprained ankle

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MIAMI -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the starting lineup against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. It comes two days after he sprained his right ankle trying to stretch a single into a double during a 7-6 loss to Miami.

On Wednesday morning, Werth texted manager Matt Williams and told him he was ready to play.

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MIAMI -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the starting lineup against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. It comes two days after he sprained his right ankle trying to stretch a single into a double during a 7-6 loss to Miami.

On Wednesday morning, Werth texted manager Matt Williams and told him he was ready to play.

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"I think he could have played last night," Williams said. "I got a text from him this morning, and he said he was ready to go. I said, 'Yes, sir,' and I put his name in the lineup."

Werth was able to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 3-0 loss, flying out to Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

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

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