Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/12

The return of Jayson Werth could give the Washington Nationals the final push they need in the last two months of the season.

Werth was activated from the disabled list before Thursday's game after missing nearly three months due to a broken left wrist. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI while batting sixth and playing center field in the Nationals' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Nationals are a young team that's growing, and a more experienced player like Werth could be important. He's similar to someone like Adam LaRoche, a veteran who's been there and done that, especially in pressure and postseason games.

Werth can help the Nats in a few ways. He could play any of the three outfield positions if need be, but the bigger thing could be Werth's locker room presence.

"It's huge having him back," LaRoche said. "He's just a leader. He's a gamer."

Werth got hurt in early May while trying to make a sliding catch against the Phillies, his former team.

He made some minor league rehab appearances the past two weeks and said everything seemed fine to him.

"(I felt) like I never missed a step; it was good," Werth said. "I felt good enough to start. The organization agreed."

The other interesting part of the equation is where manager Davey Johnson might place him in the lineup. Johnson said that at times he'll put Werth in the leadoff spot, a place where the skipper has rotated players all season.

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