Jayson Werth broke his left wrist while making a sliding catch in the sixth inning and will likely be out, Manager Davey Johnson said, for a few months, dealing the Nationals another blow to their already injured roster.
Werth, the Nationals everyday right field who was enjoying a solid season so far, suffered a “clean break” of the wrist, Johnson said. Werth, whose career was almost derailed in 2005 he was hit by a pitch on the same wrist, will consult the same specialist who helped him recover from that injury to see where any ligaments were damaged or if there were further complications, a team spokesman said.
“We seem to be getting more healthy and boom, another one of our main guys goes down,” Johnson said. “We’ve dealt with it before. We’ll deal with it again. We’re not alone.”
Werth tried to make a sliding catch of Placido Polanco’s liner to right
field when his glove hand slammed into the ground and bent back. He immediately fell to the ground and grabbed his left wrist, holding it all the way into the clubhouse.
After the game, the clubhouse was almost silent, more so than normal after losses.
“It’s a sad, sad thing for him,” Jordan Zimmermann said. “He’s one of our leaders and now he’s going to be gone for a few months.”
Added Adam LaRoche: “It’s never a good time for anybody, especially a guy in the heart of the lineup.”