- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As electronic music thumped in the Washington Nationals clubhouse Tuesday night, Jayson Werth stood in front of his locker with a white brace on his left wrist.

Werth was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier Tuesday afternoon with a left wrist contusion. Though neither X-rays nor an MRI revealed any fractures, the 35-year-old left fielder said after Washington’s 8-6 win that his wrist is badly swollen and will require several more days of rest. The swelling has decreased in recent days, he said, but not by much.

“It’s still swollen,” Werth said. “It was bad. About as bad as it could be without being broke.”

Werth sustained the injury when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game in San Diego. It’s the same wrist that he fractured in 2012, which was cause for immediate concern. Werth took the rest of the weekend series off before being sent to the disabled list Tuesday. Wilmer Difo was called up to take his place.

It’s unclear how long Werth will be out, and it’s difficult to know until the swelling dies down. But both Werth and manager Matt Williams are relieved the injury wasn’t more serious.

“It’s good. It’s good news,” Williams said Tuesday afternoon. “It doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be swollen or sore, but there’s no damage, which is a good sign. We’ll do what we can to get that swelling out of there and make sure we maintain strength and get him back to playing as quickly as possible.”

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Werth missed the first six games of the season while continuing to recover from offseason shoulder surgery, an issue that the team believes is now behind him. He hopes his most recent trip to the disabled list will also be relatively brief.

“I’m optimistic but I don’t feel like I’m out of the woods yet,” Werth said. “Hopefully in a couple days it will respond a lot better and we’ll get going. But right now, I’m still pretty banged up. The tests were good, but I still feel like I have a ways to go.”



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