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Jayson Werth aims to return from broken wrist by August 1

Jun 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Six weeks ago Jayson Werth was given a 9-12 week recovery timetable for his broken left wrist and he’s basically still on that same track, with manager Davey Johnson saying yesterday that the Nationals hope to have the outfielder back around August 1.

Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Werth is no longer wearing a cast on the wrist, which he had repaired via surgery on May 6, but likely won’t be cleared to begin baseball activities until mid-July.

Ryan Zimmerman‘s disabled list stint followed by Werth’s injury led to the Nationals giving Bryce Harper an extended chance and the 19-year-old phenom has hit .289 with seven homers and an .882 OPS in 45 games while splitting his time pretty evenly between right field and center field. By comparison Werth hit .238 with 23 homers and a .732 OPS in his first 177 games for the Nationals.

Once everyone is healthy the Nationals could potentially use an outfield of Mike Morse, Harper, and Werth, but for now rookie Steve Lombardozzi will continue to play regularly in left field.

  1. natstowngreg - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    The Nats won’t be whole this season, since Wilson Ramos won’t be back. However, returns by Werth, Drew Storen and Chad Tracy should help. Also, the Nats lucked out on recent injuries to Jesus Flores and Roger Bernadina, since they didn’t need DL time.

    *crosses fingers, hopes for no further major injuries*

  2. 12strikes - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Mike Rizzo going to shut him down after 160 innings?

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/13/still-having-trouble-believing-that-stephen-strasburg-will-be-shut-down-before-the-seasons-over/

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Wow- quick recovery. Is medical marijuana available in DC?

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