More injury updates
Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman played in minor league rehab games Saturday and are both nearing a return to the Nationals.
“They’re getting there,” Williams said. “They’re close.”
Werth played left field and went 3 for 4 for Class AAA Syracuse, while Zimmerman played first base and went 0 for 4 for Class AA Harrisburg.
Werth, who has missed more than two months with left wrist fractures, played his eighth rehab game, while Zimmerman, who has missed more than a month with left plantar fasciitis, played his fifth.
In other injury news, righthander Stephen Strasburg played catch Saturday and had no issues the day after a live bullpen session. Williams said the next step for Strasburg, who is returning from an oblique strain, is to make a rehab start Wednesday.
First baseman-outfielder Clint Robinson was back in the lineup Saturday after he was scratched Friday with an illness.