Can Jayson Werth turn around his career after a disappointing 2015 season?
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Judging from his up-and-down 2015 season with the Washington Nationals, Jayson Werth could be entering the latter part of his major-league career.
After a couple stints on the disabled list, Werth had streaks of his former self, but overall finished the season with down numbers hitting .221 with 12 home runs, 42 RBI along with a .685 OPS.
“I think so,” Werth told MASNsports.com when asked if he's still capable of being an everyday player. “At some point, that's not going to be the case. That's just the reality of it. Until I feel like I can't play every day, I have no other reason to think that I can't go out there and do what I've always done.”
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Despite nagging injuries that have slowed the Nationals' slugger, Werth still feels he has some gas in the tank despite being 36-years-old.
“I feel good. I feel healthy,” Werth said. “The wrist thing is tricky. I've had three surgeries and four fractures. It's a real thing. You can't outrun Father Time. Then you throw some injuries in there, so I know I'm at the end of my career moreso than the beginning. But I don't feel like I'm slowing down any time soon.”
Healthy heading into the 2016 season, Werth is looking forward to a new beginning in Washington with Dusty Baker taking over the manager role for Matt Williams. It was reported Werth and Williams clashed on several occasions as the Nationals crumbled in the late part of the season
“I've always thought and been told that players reflect their manager,” Werth said. “We'll see what type of attitude and persona (Baker) brings. I've had a couple of conversations in the past, so I don't know him that well. I'm looking forward to getting to know him and getting a feel for how he does things on a day-to-day basis. Everybody is different. Everybody that I've played for has been different. From that perspective, it will take time for everyone to get to know each other.”
Overall, with a new manager in the fold, Werth believes the Nationals will see improvement from a disappointing 2015 season.
“We'll feel it out in spring training and we'll get it rolling. I think it's a positive that he's bringing a lot to the player. He's been a player and a manager, and I think he's got a lot to offer.”