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UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

Jayson Werth Getty Images

11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then he could miss 3-4 months or even the rest of the season.


The Nationals are about to get Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche back, but it appears as though they may have lost Jayson Werth for a while.

Werth injured his left wrist attempting to make a sliding catch Sunday night against the Phillies and was immediately removed from the game. It’s the same wrist he had operated on twice in 2006, costing him the season.

If Werth suffered a break — and judging by the way he was holding it, it’s a possibility — he’ll probably miss a couple of months due to the injury and the Nationals will have to seriously consider bringing in some outfield help. They went after Denard Span last year and could try it again with the Twins already seemingly having fallen out of the race. However, their primary bait for Span, closer Drew Storen, is on the DL and probably won’t interest the Twins until he returns.

Of course, Alfonso Soriano and Chone Figgins are very much up for grabs. The Nats could also try picking up a veteran from Triple-A on the cheap, like the Yankees’ Dewayne Wise, Oakland’s Brandon Moss or Houston’s Justin Ruggiano.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I saw it live on espn and it looked nasty.
    By the way. The guy in that picture looks like a homeless guy I gave some some pocket change to the other day in lower Manhattan.

    • mybrunoblog - May 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Before ya thumb down me keep in mid they changed the pic. Previous one was werth doing his grisly Adams look.

      • Matthew Pouliot - May 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Yeah, we went to the injury pic once we had access to it.

  2. etchedchaos - May 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Pouring one out for ya Werth.

  3. parasonic - May 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    yea, that S is broke.

  4. deathmonkey41 - May 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I hope that’s not his Bong-Packing hand.

  5. chadjones27 - May 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I saw that on the ESPN broadcast. Looked nasty. He wouldn’t even take his glove off. Probably hurt to much to pull. Unfortunately for the Nats, he’ll be out a while.

  6. verytalldad - May 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    It has been confirmed that a number of Phillies fans cheered when Werth got injured. Nice job improving that reputation Philadelphia.

    Better luck next time taking over our Stadium. We took back the park this weekend and won the series.

    Also, its fun watching a rotation like the Phillies pitch around a 19 year-old, like he is already an All Star.

    • ame123 - May 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Yean the Nats won that friday game totally fair and square.

      • pdowdy83 - May 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Yeah cus the umps didn’t blow calls both ways in the game…Glad to see you are objective. Ankiel was clearly safe at home because Ruiz never touched the plate but he was called out. I understand that Victorino should have been safe at 3rd base and scored on Ruiz’s single moments later, however if Victorino was on 3rd there is no real way of knowing Ruiz would have gotten that hit. My point is the umps cost both teams a run. Get over it.

    • xmatt0926x - May 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      verytalldad, you’re as much of an idiot as the most obnoxious Phillies fan. Let’s get back to the sad reality that the only reason that your management had to even come up with the whole “Natitude” and “take backour park” nonsense is the fact that your fans haven’t supported your team. Please remember that the same management had to reach out to philly travel groups last season to ask Philly fans to come to your empty park. Please also remember that before this weekend (filled with plenty of Philly fans) that you were still getting only about 20,000 a game. You should be embarrassed that your teams management had to even come up with these lame promotions in the first place and bring national attention to your lacking fan base. Also watch the game next time. Harper had 2 hits tonight and he was being pitched around? Grow up and try to enjoy the nice young team in Washington.

      • xmatt0926x - May 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

        Also read ame123’s comments before you chirp too much. You’re team was a sick Joe West away from losing this series. Remember talking about that on Friday when you lectured the Philly fans not to make such a big deal about the umpires blown calls in a “meaningless May” series? Try following your own advice about talking too much smack about a May series.

      • slick3 - May 7, 2012 at 2:39 AM

        @ xmatt0926x . You hit the nail on the head. The Nationals, like the Washington Senators, are not going to last long in DC because of lack of fan support. DC has lost baseball franchises several times in the past because of lack of interest, 1891-1899; 1901-1960, (now the Minnesota Twins); 1912; 1961-1971 ( now the Texas Rangers). Washington Nationals, 2005-? This era will be no different.

        GO PHILS.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 7, 2012 at 7:42 AM

        What major league team did they lose in 1912? I’m pretty good at my baseball history, and the Senators played in Washington in 1912, in the American League.

        And the National League didn’t have a team there.

        And the USBL doesn’t count.

      • verytalldad - May 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        Its fun seeing how insecure Philly fans are with this aging team and half to blame loses like Friday on umps and other stuff.

        And keep bringing up attendance and boasting your STREAK while you have empty seats too each game. The Redskins have that Streak too and we know thats a joke.

        Harper was pitched around Friday and Saturday.

        But we will come visit Philly one day, our fans love being cursed at and puked on.

        But we should be kissing your feet. 2 rings in 129 years. Your practically the Marlins!!!

    • CJ - May 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      I wouldn’t go quite so far as matt here, but his point is dead on. There’s nothing to be proud about “taking back the park”. It should’ve been yours all along, and the fact that you had to make a huge push that made national news in order to “take it back” is not something to hang your hat on. It’s actually pathetic. I hate to say it, but a real sports town wouldn’t have lost it in the first place. I know a lot of that it just the demographic in DC (newer team without a long term history in town, lots of transplants, most people really only care about the Redskins more than the other teams combined), but still, that’s hardly something to brag about.

      • pdowdy83 - May 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        Oh give me a break CJ. When the Phillies first opened Citizen’s Bank and prior to it the Mets fans used to come down there in droves. Just like the Phillies fans have done to the Nats since they came to DC. Just like Boston and Yankees fans do to Baltimore. Don’t act like the Phillies are so freaking high and mighty…

      • CJ - May 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Please, show your work.

        Mets fans did “come in droves” and still do, as do Sox fans. But at no point were Philly fans overrun in their own park as nats fans have been until this year. Watch back opening day last year in DC. That was a home game for the Phillies and what spawned this whole thing. And the fact it was their opening day and was still more than 50% Phillies fans futher proves my point.

        We could be playing the Yankees on opening day and there’s no chance in hell the Bank is any less than 80% for the home team. The same would’ve been true when they sucked at the vet, though, I might spot you an extra 10% and call it 70-30 majority for arguments sake.

  7. aceshigh11 - May 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Is it just me, or have there been an insane number of high-profile injuries so far this year?

  8. hittfamily - May 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Andrew Friedman smells blood in the water. BJ Upton for ?

    The Rays don’t need Upton. His offense can be replaced by a platoon of Matsui and Guyer, and Jennings moves to center, so his defense wont be missed either. The Nats have plenty of middle infielders that the Rays may want. The Nats also have a good young catcher, which the Rays definately want.

    Morse Upton Harper is a nice outfield, and when Werth returns, Laroche is a pretty nice trade chip to be cashed in.

    • wlschneider09 - May 7, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      uh, no.

  9. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    verytalldad: you’re a dope. You make of crap and tell flat out lies. You should change your name to vertstupidpunk

    • verytalldad - May 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Lies would be your columnists today claiming THE WHOLE STADIUM WAS PHILLIES FANS or “THE UMPS BLEW FRIDAYS GAME!!!”

      Excuses Excuses. Better to blame your injuires, but wait (we have some of our best players out too).

      • CJ - May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        still waiting to hear your explanation as to why you called friday’s game meaningless at the time, and now you act as if the Nats just won the pennant….

      • Utley's Hair - May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        Good luck with that CJ.

  10. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I can’t say I feel bad for him. There are very few players who I feel don’t deserve to be playing major league baseball, and Werth is one of those guys, IMO. I felt his barrage of violent dialect Werth directed to the fan and his child last year (may have been 2010) not only did he lose my respect, but I thought he should have been severely punished. Outside of the, I have the right to root against him, even have the right to with hold my compassion when things go wrong for him.

    • nategearhart - May 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      What incident are you talking about? I think this is the first I’ve heard of it.

      • Utley's Hair - May 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        He did yell at the father of a fan who, Werth felt, prevented him from getting a foul ball.

      • nategearhart - May 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Thanks, man.
        Huh. If Werth genuinely thought the kid interfered, and with the heat of the in-game moment and all…it ain’t right…but it’s definitely understandable. But no way in hell it warrants a broken wrist.

  11. buffalomafia - May 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Another over paid injury prone player who should give back some of his salary!

    • nategearhart - May 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Wait wait wait….if you were to break a bone while you were on the clock, would you give any of your pay back to your boss?

      • CJ - May 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        not sure what they do in buffalo, but no. here, we sue for more!

  12. mojosmagic - May 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    The umps made two horrific calls that cost Philly the game on Friday and that is undeniable. Philly fans didn’t cheer Worth’s injury. The Nats have a good young team but plenty of holes. I admit to be wrong in thinking Harper needed more time in the minors. The kid is fantastic.

  13. jaymidd - May 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Tough break, but his nickname should be “Not”….as in Jason “Not” Werth the contract he signed last year. Good grief man.

  14. exibitsman - May 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    If Jayson worth new how to slide this never would have happened he looked like a amateur out there’s. don’t these player’s practice for situations like that.

    • nategearhart - May 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM


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