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Werth relieved wrist isn’t broken

May 20, 2015, 1:29 AM EDT

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On the day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and moments after the Nationals homered their way into a first-place tie on Tuesday night, Jayson Werth spent a few minutes with reporters to give an update on his left wrist contusion.

Werth will be out until at least May 31 as he first waits for the swelling to go down and then works his way back into the Nationals lineup from the DL for the second time this year.

“Hopefully in a couple days it will respond a lot better and we’ll get going. But right now, I’m still pretty banged up. The tests were good, but I still feel like I have a ways to go,” he said.

Werth was pleased to hear there were no fractures in his wrist or damage to any tendons. That said, he is still in a good deal of pain.

“I’m relieved,” Werth said of the test results. “I wish it felt better. I’m optimistic but I don’t feel like I’m out of the woods yet.”

Werth took a fastball off his left wrist in Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. He left the game and underwent an X-ray and an MRI in the following days. He says the swelling has gone down, but still has a ways to go.

“It’s still swollen. It was bad. About as bad as it could be without being broke.”

Werth is hitting .208 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games this season.

  1. laddieblahblah - May 20, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Jayson will tough it out and do everything he needs to do to get back as quickly as possible.

    The bright side is that it gives Will Difo a cup of big league coffee. So happy for him, and, especially, for his mom. His dad left them 19 years ago. That kid is special in a lot of ways:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/wilmer-difo-washington-nationals-top-dominican-prospect-bloomed-late/2014/12/23/557d39aa-86dc-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html

    So glad he is a Nat, and hope he stays that way for his entire career. That is the kind of guy I want on my team.

    • Section 222 - May 20, 2015 at 7:24 AM

      Thanks for posting that link laddie. Inspiring story.

      • laddieblahblah - May 20, 2015 at 7:32 AM

        “Inspiring story.”

        It really is. I wanted to post it earlier, but I couldn’t find it. I’ve got it bookmarked, now, and will revisit it whenever I may have the misguided impulse to feel sorry for myself. We are all so lucky.

  2. Theophilus T.S. - May 20, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Sentiment aside, I’m thrilled the Nats finally have developed a Dominican prospect. I saw it written somewhere yesterday that Difo was their first home-grown Dominican prospect since Smiley Gonzalez. To the point, he is the first Dominican prospect they have gotten to the majors, period. That puts them way behind most every team in the majors. While there is some minor league polishing still to be done, he demonstrated his potential in two pitches. Mindful of the moment but not overwhelmed by it he selected a perfect pitch to hit and, without over-swinging, made contact with the barrel of the bat and deposited a line drive up the middle into CF. Williams may pretend that’s what he expected all along but in fact he probably shivered with delight at the prospect of managing this guy full time in a year or two.

    • natsjackinfl - May 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

      The Nats are about a year away from starting to see the influx of very talented arms cultivated in the Dominican Republic.

      Again, the Nats development staff is extremely patient and methodical in their approach to the kids down there.

    • Dave - May 20, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Let us now forget that the Smiley Gonzalez debacle is what brought Rizzo to us as GM (through promotion). So it sort of worked out.

  3. Theophilus T.S. - May 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    As to Werth, if the wrist is as bad as he says it is (“bad as it could be without being broke (sic)”) we shouldn’t count on him being back in two weeks.

    • Eric - May 20, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      I agree. Worst case, it’s a bone “bruise,” which is actually a fracturing of a the interior bone tissue that leaves the hard, outer bone tissue intact. The fact that they keep saying “contusion” is why I’m thinking along these lines. Apparently they can take awhile to heal.

      I’m pretty sure I sustained a bone “bruise” I sprained basically my entire ankle and foot last September. Even the slightest touch to the bone felt like a sledgehammer was smashing against the inner core of my bone from the inside. Just awful. X-ray was clean, and I never had an MRI, so I can’t be sure that’s what it was.

      Blah blah blah 😉

      • Eric - May 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

        That second paragraph should’ve led with: “I’m pretty sure I sustained a bone ‘bruise’ [in my lower tibia when] I sprained basically my entire ankle and foot”

    • Hiram Hover - May 20, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      I wonder if Jayson isn’t gaming expectations here, putting this in pessimistic terms at the outset so that his return will seem speedy–or if it’s not speedy, at least we can’t say we weren’t warned.

  4. scnatsfan - May 20, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Until his swelling goes down its hard to tell how long it will be sore for; soft tissue edema versus the dreaded bone bruise are two different animals… once one resolves it will be easier to assess the other. Either way I’m thinking 15 days will be optimistic. You wonder if Werth would go to Harrisburg for a couple of games to test it once he can start swinging.

  5. natsfan1a - May 20, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Heal well and fully, Werthwolf. That is all.

    On another note, awesome tweeter from Kilgore. Way to be accountable, dude. lol

    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP · 11h 11 hours ago

    Adam Kilgore retweeted Adam Kilgore

    Well, I’d say the Nats shoved this tweet from three weeks ago up my a–.

    Adam Kilgore added,
    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    “It’s early” is irrelevant. How often do great teams go 7-13 over 20 games at any point? Eight games is real wood to chop. Even in April.

  6. jd - May 20, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Leadership notwithstanding I think Werth is at a point in his career where his absence does not translate into a real baseball problem. The general expectation around these parts was that the Nats will transition from Span to Taylor in 2016, that in my opinion will be a large drop off from many perspectives starting with the fact that Span hits left handed and Taylor right handed, continuing with the fact that Span is close to the best in the business on defense and culminating with the fact that Span is a better hitter than Taylor at this stage of their careers and it’s not that close. I think a retention of Span and a gradual transition from Werth to Taylor is at the very least something to be considered.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      Well, if they make a qualifying offer to Span for maybe $15 MM-ish, there’s always the chance he takes them up on it. Wouldn’t be the worst thing for either of them.

      • jd - May 20, 2015 at 10:19 AM

        I agree,

        3 years at something like $36 mil wouldn’t be a bad investment either, not sure Span accepts but remember we have next to no outfield prospects behind Taylor (unless you consider Goodwin a prospect which is debatable).

      • adcwonk - May 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

        Hard to see Span not wanting to cash in and getting a large 3 year contract. And it’s hard not to see a bunch of teams wanting to give it to him. Let’s face it, right now he is a *great* CF and leadoff man (in fact, I think he’s under appreciated, even by most Nats fans). Hardest in the league to K last year, led the NL in hits, great teammate, and gold-glove skills in the field. What more could any team possibly want from a CFer?

        It’s hard to see Rizzo wanting to pay for more than one year. We still have Werth for $21M for 2016 and 2017, and we have MAT on the verge of being ready.

        I really really want Span on my team next year. It’s hard to see how that realistically happens.

  7. adcwonk - May 20, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    “It’s early” is irrelevant. How often do great teams go 7-13 over 20 games at any point? Eight games is real wood to chop. Even in April.

    Ha! I took issue with that at the time. And I pointed to Boz’s column, and cited a sentence that said something along the lines of: “The Orioles were xxx and they ended up winning yyy…”

    Someone else pointed out that Boz was cherry picking, because he picked an Orioles stretch that ended, and was immediately followed by a 10-game win streak.

    I wanted to reply “well, we could win 10, too”, but thought that to be a silly response, so I didn’t reply.

    But then, whaddya know, the very day of that exchange started the “16 out of the last 20” streak we’re in now!

    Boz was right. Good of Kilgore to acknowledge he was wrong.

    Tangent: I have no idea how old Kilgore is, but I’m thinking this comes with experience. Those of us who’ve been watching baseball for 30, 40, 50 years know what patience is, we know that Aprils rarely doom a team that has talent, we know that teams busting with talent will usually get it together — that talent usually shows through in the end, and etc.

    When the team was batting a collective .185, we knew that was an aberration, etc etc.

    To all those freaking out after April, us veterans can say, “We get it, we really do understand your panic — because we used to freak out in April, too.”

    But, after enough of those seasons, we finally really understood, we finally fully internalized, the wisdom of “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon”. Boz gets it. Us grizzly vets get it. I suspect Kilgore now gets (or will get) it, too.

    And you young ‘uns out there — enjoy! Learn from this. It’s so much sweeter when, despite the awful April, you’re convinced that the team will turn around (not because of home-town-boosterism, but because the talent and historical norms were there), and that you just need some patience, and then — it’s so much sweeter — when the patience pays off, and the team starts to get it in high gear. Most of us older folks are not surprised at all at this turn of events.

    But we still sure are thrilled about it all!

    • ArVAFan - May 20, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      +1 (or maybe a +16 out of 20?)

      • adcwonk - May 20, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        Better than:

        + [insert your age here] !! 😉

    • jd - May 20, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Well put Wonk.Perspective is always difficult to attain. In the same vain there are commentators who tend to overboard on the positive side. The narrative is : Players A,B,C,D are doing great and when players E and F come back from injury and players G,H,I and J catch fire why we may never lose a game (exaggerating). What’s lost in the analysis is the possibility that players A,B,C and D may regress to their career norms and that players K and L may get hurt and some of the players expected to catch fire don’t.

      My bottom line is that the Nats along with the Cards and the Dodgers are the elites of the NL and in a 162 game season the cream normally rises to the top. Teams like the Mets and the Cubs along with the Pirates and the Giants are 2nd tier teams who will fight it out for the wild card. The playoffs are a different story altogether.

      • adcwonk - May 20, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        Also well put — and I agree with your analysis and bottom line.

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