The Washington Nationals were delivered a blow last night when another one of the team's key players was injured. The injury occurred while trying to make a play in the outfield.
It was the sixth inning when the Nats' right fielder Jayson Werth attempted to make a sliding catch during the game against his former ballclub. When it happened [VIDEO] it was clear Werth was in a lot of pain and he was taken out of the game immediately.
According to MASN, the Nationals' medical staff and team manager Davey Johnson confirmed later that evening Werth had been diagnosed with a broken wrist.
The break on Werth's left wrist was reported to be a clean one, but he will be out for "months," not "weeks", said Johnson. At this time there is no set timetable for his return, and during this time frame Werth will be seeing a specialist at the Mayo Clinic to examine the scope of the damage. In 2005 Werth had an injury to this same wrist, but in a different area.
Werth's absence is the latest in a string of injuries for the Nationals. Several players are currently out on the disabled list, including Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche, and Mark La Rosa. Three pitchers are also out, including starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, reliever Brad Lidge and closer Drew Storen.
Zimmerman and LaRoche, however, are expected to return to the lineup this week.
"All of a sudden, we seem to be getting a little more healthy, and then boom, one of our main guys goes down," Johnson said, according to MASN. "We dealt with it before, we'll deal with it again. But we're not alone, it seems like that's rampant right now. But that was a tough blow, because I was anxious to have all the guys back by Tuesday."
Johnson noted the team will weather this new storm. Bryce Harper, who was recently brought up from the minors earlier than expected, will be moved to Werth's position in right field. Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady will share duties in left field, with Chad Tracy and Steve Lombardozzi being rotated in.
Despite the succession of injuries, the Nationals have had a positive season start. Currently hanging on to first place in their division, many Washington baseball fans are hopeful this year will be their team's year.
After the three-game series over the weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies where the Nats went 2-1, the team's standings are at 18 wins, 10 losses.