After landing awkwardly on his ankle trying to avoid a tag at second base, Jayson Werth left Monday’s 7-6 loss against the Marlins in the seventh inning with a sprained right ankle. Werth laced a ball to right and tried to stretch a single into a double, but Giancarlo Stanton fired a strong throw to second.
Werth tried to evade shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s tag by going inside toward second, but he landed on his right foot unusually. It buckled slightly, and he instantly fell to his hands.
Werth was called out, left the field and went into the clubhouse with head trainer Lee Kuntz. With a 6-0 lead, Manager Matt Williams opted to remove Werth, who at 35 is the team’s oldest player, from the game to get ice on his ankle.
After the game, Werth said the ankle was sore. Both he and Williams weren’t overly concerned about the injury, though. Williams said he expected Werth to be available on Tuesday, but that would depend on how the right fielder felt in the morning.
“I think I’m going to try to play,” Werth said. “I expect to play. I also expect that it could be sore. Not too bad. I’ve sprained it a number of times. It’s one of those things that the first time you sprain your ankle it’s the worst. When you’re into the twenties, you’re a little bit better off. A little scary. Awkward. I wasn’t sure at first. It wasn’t feeling a whole lot better right away. Matt wanted to get me out of there to get some ice on it so I’m available [Tuesday].”
Werth was replaced by Nate McLouth in right in the bottom of the seventh inning. As soon as he sliced the ball to right, Werth said he was thinking of going for second base.
Stanton “did a good job of cutting the ball off,” Werth said. “My read was I still had a chance. I like to be an aggressive base runner. I still felt like when he cut the ball off — which was a surprise — I still felt like it was going to take a perfect throw to get me. He made a perfect throw. It’s not an easy play. Running full speed, away from the play, turn and make a perfect throw. And he did. I would take that chance again tomorrow if I had an opportunity.”