The numbers are there forever, and Jayson Werth knows he can't change them now, and probably would not care even if he could. His first season as a Washington National included more individual struggles than success, a .232 batting average to go with a .330 on-base percentage and slugging .389. It's over now, though, "water under the bridge," Werth said.

Werth's second season started today, when he arrived early at the Nationals' spring training complex for informal workouts and batting practice with a handful of teammates. "I'm home now," Werth said. He is intent on proving last season was a fluke, confident his legacy in Washington will be shaped more by what comes next than what happened in 2011.

"It doesn't define me as an individual," Werth said. "It doesn't define me as a baseball player. It doesn't define my career. It was one year and 600 at-bats. I'm over it and looking forward to this year. I worked hard all winter. I'm healthy."