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Friday, September 12, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Jayson Werth out with flu

By on 9/12/2014 05:45:00 PM

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will sit out Friday night's game against the New York Mets with the same flu bug that previously sidelined 1B Adam LaRoche and 3B Anthony Rendon, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. Nate Schierholtz will play right field and bat eighth.
Werth is hitting .283/.383/.448 (OPS+ 130) with 16 homers and 78 RBI. LaRoche has hit .393/.455/.929 with five homers and 15 RBI (and was co-NL Player of the Week) since he returned from his bout with the flu on September 3. Rendon came back from his illness Thursday night and went 3 for 5 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBI. 

Jayson Werth

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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