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Friday, August 8, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Jayson Werth sits with shoulder and ankle problems


By on 8/08/2014 05:45:00 PM

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who has been dealing with ankle and shoulder issues for about a week, will sit out the Friday night opener against Division rival Atlanta Braves, reports Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com. Steven Souza Jr, a recent Triple-A call-up, will take over in right field.

Werth sprained his ankle on July 28 in Miami, but has been playing through the injury. He is hitting .280/.365/.431 (OPS+ 121) with 12 homers and 63 RBI and weas named NL Player of the Month for July. However, the veteran is in a mini-slump, slashing only .259/.276/.333 over the last seven games (7 for 29) with no homers.


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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