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Jayson Werth undergoes wrist surgery, expected to miss “at least 12 weeks”

May 7, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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Last night after Jayson Werth broke his wrist attempting a diving catch in right field the Nationals announced that he was expected to miss six weeks.

Today he underwent surgery and Bill Ladson of MLB.com talked to a team source who said Werth “will be out for more than six weeks” and guessed that it would instead be “at least 12 weeks.”

That’s obviously a huge difference, as six weeks would have meant a potential late June or early July return whereas 12 weeks could knock him out until August or even September.

In his absence the Nationals are shifting Bryce Harper to right field and platooning Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady in left field, although giving prospect Tyler Moore a crack at the starting job is also an option. Moore was exclusively a first baseman prior to this season, but recently logged a handful of starts in left field and it might be worth sacrificing some defense to get his 25-homer power into the lineup.

  1. sumerduckman - May 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Putting Lombardozzi in left is also an option.

  2. pkswally024 - May 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Werth has worked really hard to get back on track after his last wrist injury. I hope he comes back 100%.

  3. illcomm - May 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Werth. Rizzo wad just fuming last night about the realization of signing the outfielder to one of the worse contracts ever. Best if luck with seething getting better.

    • tmkelley1 - May 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Kind of like the money you spent on English class…

    • marinersnate - May 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      “Werth. Rizzo wad just fuming last night about the realization of signing the outfielder to one of the worse contracts ever.”

      Is that you Ryan Howard?

  4. stex52 - May 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Textbook on the risks of these high dollar contracts. He is actually back from a disastrous 2011 with an OPS over .800, and now he is down for the heart of the season.

    Would you call GM a high stress job?

    • Reflex - May 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Its probable that at least a portion of his contract was insured. As a result, him being out for a significant portion of the season may be a blessing in disguise.

  5. Old Gator - May 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Let it be written: one may fart in the wind and knock somebody on his ass.

    • stex52 - May 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Marlins, huh? As if a bunch of fish could play baseball. Just practicing. Think of that as a lame warm-up.

      Two things in Astros’ favor. 1. Pitching their ace, such as he is. 2. Could go to .500 tonight.

      I don’t want to even count the possible negatives.

  6. dennisund - May 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    As a Phils fan, I hate to see this happen.

    • mdpickles - May 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Yes, that hurts. As a Phils fan, was excited to see Werth go to DC and add a little more intrigue to a budding rivalry. If it wasn’t already certain by now, it is now 100% sure that Harper is up for good.

      • natstowngreg - May 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Tyler Moore may also be up for the long haul. Neither Moore nor Harper has shown his true power yet, but the power is there.

        Once Michael Morse returns, maybe Moore goes down, but I’d rather see Xavier Nady go. Except for a game-tying homer Opening Day vs. the Reds, he’s done nothing to justify a spot on an MLB 25-man roster.

  7. philiplewis1 - May 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    That was a pretty gruesome video last night watching him break the wrist. Wasn’t quite as bad as the Joe Theisman break but it was enough to make you shiver. After watching numerous replays, my own wrist starting hurting.

  8. unlost1 - May 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    he’s still got more home runs than albert pujols

  9. slamminbeers - May 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Well Now you know how adjust for zimmermans return a little better. We’re plagued with injuries. I hope this team can overcome the adversaries and push on with a winning record. Their schedule is brutal though.

    • somekat - May 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Yeah, plagued with half the injuries the Phillies have, that’s the ticket

  10. pdowdy83 - May 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Of course, we all forgot the Phils are the only team with injury problems.

    Morse, Zimmerman, LaRoche, Werth, Derosa, Lidge, Storen and Wang. That would be the 3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters of the nationals line up, the closer, a middle reliever and a starter. I think that puts them on par with the Phils as far as injuries are concerned. The only difference so far is the Nats are winning still and the Phils are in last place right now.

  11. dasher521 - May 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I’m really sorry to see Werth’s injury. I believe it is also same hand that almost ended his career. I hope he can come back quickly and at full strength. This, from a big Phillies fan, and I approve this message.

  12. randygnyc - May 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Not at all sorry to read this. Karma keeps catching up with him. Should have kept his mouth shut in front of that kid.

    • natstowngreg - May 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Thank you, that was most ungenerous.

  13. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Bad break for Nats. Hope he’s back soon

  14. jerseybando - May 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    As Phillies fan, Werth was one of my favorites…still is. Hoping for a full recovery.

  15. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Maybe Cole tripped him.

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