The Washington Nationals have been playing mediocre baseball lately. With last night's loss, they dropped to 23-22 on the season. And now it looks like they will have to try to right the ship without Jayson Werth for longer than previously anticipated.
Just yesterday news came out that Werth was progressing nicely and expected to join the Nationals on Friday. Now, as Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports, that's not the case.
Sounds like Jayson Werth will not be ready to return on Friday. Davey said he got an "alarming" report on him today. Maybe even 2 more wks
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 21, 2013
Werth has been battling a strained hamstring for weeks now. He tried to avoid the disabled list initially, but that proved to be impossible. Now, Werth will have to spend an additional two weeks trying to recover from the setback revealed yesterday. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says Werth had an MRI done that revealed more significant damage to his hamstring than originally thought.
“I got kind of an alarming report from our doctor that said he was going to be a while longer,” Johnson said. “I think he was rushing it. He started to realize that hamstrings take a little more time. Something happened to him like it happened to Wilson Ramos. So we’ll take a step back on him.”Werth has been a big-time producer for this ball club, but he has also been injury-prone. Since signing with the Nationals, Werth has played more than 100 games just once - 2011. He played just 81 last season and is not looking too sure to play more than 100 this season. It's a shame too, because the Nationals could use him about now.
Werth was hitting .260/.308/.400 before the injury. He struggled to start the season, but his bat was just beginning to heat up when he was injured.