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Jayson Werth | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/20/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 242
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Jayson Werth (wrist) is progressing nicely in his rehab.
Werth began playing catch on Friday, and was able to hold a bat on Saturday, though he still hasn't been cleared to begin swinging. Barring any setbacks, he's on track to return to the Nationals lineup in early August. Jun 20 - 2:14 PM

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Jayson Werth (wrist) played catch on Friday.

He had been wearing a splint on his left hand to protect two small fractures but wasn't wearing the brace Friday. Werth has a ways to go still, as he's hoping to return on August 1.
Jun 19 - 4:50 PM

Jayson Werth (wrist) is aiming to be activated from the disabled list on August 1.

Werth's left wrist is in a splint after he was diagnosed with two small fractures. He was able to take the splint off to do some light strengthening exercises but will be mostly immobilized for about a month. The outfielder is hoping to return a month after that. "My goal is to be back with the club August 1," Werth said. "Whether it’s realistic or not I don’t know. Everyone heals at their own rate. I’ve been assured that when it stops hurting I’ll be good to go. I’ll let pain be my guide."
Jun 5 - 11:42 AM

According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, a CT scan taken Thursday on Jayson Werth's left wrist revealed two small fractures.

Werth suffered the fractures on May 15 when he got struck on the wrist by an Odrisamer Despaigne pitch. He was placed on the disabled list a couple days later and will now probably be sidelined until sometime in August. The veteran outfielder has a littered history of wrist injuries. Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, and Clint Robinson have been on somewhat of a rotation in left field for the Nationals.
May 28 - 4:03 PM

Jayson Werth is still having trouble rotating his ailing left wrist.

Therefore, he has obviously yet to be cleared to resume swinging a bat and it's unclear when that might happen. "They’re treating him aggressively like they have been," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He’s got fairly good grip strength, but the rotation of it and turning that over is not good." X-rays and an MRI on Werth's wrist came back clean, but he has a history of injuries with the wrist so the Nats will be cautious. It doesn't sound like he'll be returning anytime soon.
May 27 - 10:59 AM

Jayson Werth's left wrist remains too swollen to allow him to resume baseball activities.

"They’re treating him aggressively," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "It’s multiple rounds of treatment every day. The problem is if the swelling gets in the joint, then it can be really stiff and if you start going at it hard, it just exacerbates the problem. We gotta calm it down first before we can get back at it." Werth is eligible for activation from the disabled list in a week, but it's looking unlikely that he'll be ready at that time. A clearer timetable for his return obviously won't be known until he's given the green light to resume swinging a bat.
May 24 - 12:46 PM

Nationals placed OF Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a left wrist contusion.

Werth suffered the injury when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch on Friday. No fracture or ligament damage was found in an MRI, but he'll require some extended rest. This is Werth's second stint on the disabled list this season, as he got a late start on the year after shoulder surgery. Michael Taylor figures to fill in during his absence.
May 19 - 1:38 PM

Jayson Werth (wrist) is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Prospect infielder Wilmer Difo is expected to take his place on the active roster. Werth underwent an MRI on his left wrist Monday which reportedly showed no fracture or ligament damage, but the Nationals want to give him some extended rest. Michael Taylor figures to see regular at-bats during his absence and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Source: MASN Sports
May 19 - 12:06 PM

MLB.com's William Ladson reports that an MRI on Jayson Werth's left wrist confirmed that he has no fracture or ligament damage.

Ladson isn't sure whether or not Werth will be placed on the disabled list, but it sounds like he's at least avoided a serious injury. The outfielder hasn't played since being hit on the wrist by a pitch last Friday. More should be known about his status on Tuesday.
May 19 - 12:07 AM

Jayson Werth (wrist) underwent an MRI Monday.

The Nationals were hoping that Werth would be feeling enough improvement by Monday that an MRI wouldn't be needed, but obviously that's not the case. The club is still holding out hope that he's merely dealing with a bad bruise on his left wrist, but they won't know for sure until the MRI results come back.
May 18 - 8:37 PM

Jayson Werth (wrist) could undergo an MRI on Monday.

X-rays on Werth's left wrist came back clean, but the swelling needs to go down before they can get an accurate read from an MRI. Werth, who was injured when he was hit by a pitch Friday, will sit out again Sunday. "Hopefully it’s just a bruise," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
May 17 - 11:03 AM

Jayson Werth (wrist) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

Werth exited Friday's game after getting hit in the left wrist. The X-rays came back negative but it may take a few days to heal. Michael Taylor will start in left field and bat eighth. Saturday marks Werth's 11th absence of the season.
May 16 - 5:17 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said late Saturday that X-rays on Jayson Werth's left wrist came back negative.

Werth was removed from Friday's game against the Padres after being hit by a pitch on his wrist. It sounds as though he was fortunate to avoid any serious injury. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday before determining his status moving forward.
May 16 - 10:27 AM

Jayson Werth was lifted from Friday's contest against the Padres after being hit in the wrist by a pitch.

Werth was plunked on the left wrist in the second inning by Odrisamer Despaigne. He initially tried to stay in, but after flexing his wrist and talking with manager Matt Williams, he was lifted from the contest. Tyler Moore replaced him in the outfield. His status will be reevaluated after the game.
May 15 - 11:03 PM

Jayson Werth hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Braves.

Werth has struggled this season, but he showed something vaguely resembling a sign of life on Friday. In addition to the fourth-inning homer off of Eric Stults, Werth also managed a single, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. The outfielder will need more games like this to drag that .192/.258/.256 line up to palatable levels. Mountains are not scaled in a single step.
May 8 - 10:21 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Matt den Dekker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Casey Janssen
3Aaron Barrett
4Matt Thornton
5Tanner Roark
6David Carpenter
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Craig Stammen