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Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him.

The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down the right field line in AT&T Park while chasing a foul ball.  There aren’t a ton of bullpens that are wide open to the field of play like that anymore.  There used to be a ton, but ever since they started in with the new stadium construction boom in the early 90s, the vast majority of pens have been put behind the outfield fence.  San Francisco didn’t do that, though, mostly because the San Francisco Bay is right beyond the outfield fence.

As I sit here right now I know that, apart from San Francisco, the pens are on the field at Wrigley and — I think — in Oakland.  I’m blanking on any others, though I’m sure there are a few.

I always wondered if a lot of guys hurt themselves on those things.

  1. easports82 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Tampa Bay’s are open also, but that’s only one of the issues with that stadium. Marlins’ is in the same spot as the open stadiums, but they’ve got a wall up to separate the pen from the field and a nifty net to protect spectators from poor warm-up tosses.

  2. halladaysbicepts - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    I heard the tripping over the mound thing is a cover story. The real reason that his ankle is hurting is due to the whopping that he put on Bryce Harper after the stunt he pulled down in the minors the other day. The Nats sent Werth down to perform some tough loving.

    • The Common Man/ - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Do you ever get funny?

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        Actually, the Bicepts is world-renowed for his humor. Sometimes, I do stand-up around the Delaware Valley.

        My humor is the stuff of legend.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        no. he’s never funny. but he makes up for the lack of quality with a ridiculous amount of quantity

    • jjschiller - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM


  3. seanmk - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    san diego has the pens on the sides as well

    • dprat - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:30 AM

      Only the visitor’s pen. Padres pen is behind left-centerfield wall.

  4. Utley's Hair - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Tripping over the mound? Where’s Dallas Braden when you need him?

  5. mikedi33 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    That’s actually how Werth got his break with the Phillies. Werth was the last outfielder on the team and rarely used. Victorino got hurt and Michael Bourn replaced him and got hurt tripping over the bullpen mound at Wrigley in the same game. Since the Phils lost both outfielders in the same game Werth got his chance for extended playing time and made the most of it

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