Jayson Werth entered Sunday afternoon’s 8-5 loss to the Brewers with one ailing body part and left with three.
Playing through a tweaked groin he suffered Saturday night, Werth absorbed one Kyle Lohse fastball off the ribs and another off the knuckles of his right hand. Werth underwent an x-ray on his hand. It came back negative, but the pitch – which the umpire ruled a check-swing foul ball – left a nasty bruise across the top of his hand.
“One of those days,” Werth said, laughing off his bad luck.
In the clubhouse afterward, Werth walked through the room with ice wrapped around his upper left leg, his midsection and his right hand.
“I’ll be alright,” Werth said. “I’ll be in there tomorrow.”
Manager Davey Johnson had planned to rest Werth today, after he left Saturday’s victory in the sixth inning with a minor groin tweak. In the morning, Werth woke up feeling better – as he anticipated he might – and talked his way into the lineup. He went 2 for 3 with a pair of bloop singles, upping average this season to .317 and his average since July 1 to .400.
“He wanted to play,” Johnson said. “He’s had success against [Lohse]. I said, ‘I certainly want you in there. You’re swinging the bat better than anybody on the club.’ He went out and did some running. He was good to go.”
Werth played all nine innings. At the end of the game, “I probably should have got him out of there,” Johnson said. “He wasn’t moving too good. He gutted it out.”
And Werth plans to gut it out again tomorrow as well, this time with another two bruises.