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Monday, July 28, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Jayson Werth exits with sprained ankle


By on 7/28/2014 11:03:00 PM

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth twisted his right ankle as he was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning of Monday night's 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins (video here and below). Werth, who had gone 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Nate McLouth. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, manager Matt Williams said after the game that Werth expects to play Tuesday.
Werth is hitting .284/.376/.445 (wRC+ 134) on the season, but has been particularly hot in July, leading the National League in WAR (1.6), OBP (.466) and SLG (.750) with six homers and 23 RBI on the month.
Now in his age-35 season, Werth was the Baltimore Orioles' first round draft pick in 1997 and was traded in December 2000 while a minor leaguer to the Toronto Blue Jays. He made his debut September 1, 2002. In March 2004 the  Blue Jays traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jason Frasor. In 2005, his second year with the Dodgers, he averaged only .234/.338/.374, and spent the 2006 season on the DL after surgery on his left wrist. The Dodgers released him and he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2006. He became a star with the Phillies, winning a World Series ring in 2008 and being named to the 2009 NL All-Star team. 

Granted free agency after the 2010 season, Werth signed a seven-year $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals that takes him through 2017. The contract was considered an overpay by the Nationals, and a down year in 2011 seemed to confirm that. He broke his right wrist in May 2012, and played only half the season, while putting up a line of .300/.387/.440 (OPS+ 124) and endearing himself to Nats fans with a game-winning home run in Game 4 of the NLDS. In 2013, healthy except for a month on the DL with a hamstring strain, Werth slashed  .318/.398/.532 (OPS +155) with 25 homers and 82 RBI.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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