Jayson Werth could be out for several months after breaking his left wrist while attempting a sliding catch Sunday night, Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said of his team's star right fielder after a 9-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“It's a clean break,” Johnson said. “He's going to be out for a while.”
Werth's wrist bent backward after his glove got caught underneath him as he was trying to catch a sinking liner by Placido Polanco in the sixth inning. After staying on the ground briefly, Werth threw the ball back to the infield and walked off holding his wrist.
It's the same wrist Werth injured during spring training of 2005 when he was a member of the Dodgers. He played 102 games that season before having a torn ligament in the wrist surgically repaired and missed all of 2006 while recovering.
Werth, who became a star after signing with Philadelphia in 2007, will see the same specialist who helped him through that injury, a Nationals spokesperson said.