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Matt Williams: ‘No issue’ with Buck Showalter yelling at Jayson Werth

Jayson Werth’s final at-bat Thursday ends with a broken-bat groundout. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Jayson Werth said he still felt “pretty sore” Friday afternoon from the foul ball he took off his left foot in the final at-bat of Thursday night’s loss. He hobbled around the clubhouse after the game, but the soreness did not prevent him from playing Friday, and he’s at his customary spots, hitting third and playing right field.

“I don’t know if he’s going to be full speed tonight,” Williams said. “But he should be good to play.”

One aspect of Werth’s at-bat lingered a day later. After Werth fouled the ball off his foot, he circled out of the batter’s box, tapping his spikes with his bat as he waited for the pain to leave. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor tried to hurry him back into the batter’s box.

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter had an even more aggressive reaction. Replays showed Showalter in the dugout yelling at Werth, “Get the [expletive] back in the box!”

“I didn’t see it,” Werth said. “I was too busy getting … never mind. I have no real comment on that.”

Manager Matt Williams solved the issue when he went to the field with trainer Steve Gober to check on Werth. He said he understood Showalter’s reaction.

“I don’t have any issue with it,” Williams said. “We decided to go out to give him even more time. It hurts. It’s interesting – the catcher as all that gear on, right? The ball comes in there 95 miles per hour. Somebody fouls one off the shoulder, and the umpire gives him as much time as he needs. But the batter never gets as much time, and he’s got no gear.

“Jayson was trying to get his senses. It’s a pivotal part of the game – one swing of the bat, we could take the lead. All those things. Buck wants to get on  with the game, because his pitcher is hot and throwing well, so he doesn’t want any delay. And we want to give a delay. We want him to make sure everything is in order before he makes his next swing. It’s part of the game.”

On the first pitch after he stepped back, Werth shattered his bat swinging at Zach Britton’s fastball and grounded to short to end the game.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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