Werth likely out 12 weeks following surgery

Werth likely out 12 weeks following surgery
May 7, 2012, 7:39 pm
Share This Post

Jayson Werth was due to have surgery today on his broken left wrist, a procedure that is likely to keep him out for roughly 12 weeks, according to a source close to the Nationals right fielder.

The surgery was set to take place after Werth was examined by a specialist, who also consulted with Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic, the doctor who six years ago repaired a ligament injury in Werth's same wrist that allowed him to resurrect his career.

It's not believed doctors found any ligament damage today, only a clean break of the radius bone on the opposite side of the wrist where Werth's previous injury was located.

Recovery time from such a procedure, which includes plates and screws being inserted in the wrist is typically about 12 weeks. That could have Werth back in the Nationals' lineup in early August.

Though Werth's surgery is a serious blow to a Nationals club already beset by injuries to stalwarts Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche, Drew Storen, Brad Lidge and Mark DeRosa, the franchise does have a natural replacement for the veteran in right field.

Rookie Bryce Harper, who has taken the baseball world by storm since his promotion nine days ago, will likely shift from left to right field, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson would then use a combination of Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady in left field until Morse is ready to return from his lat muscle injury (he's not expected back for at least another month).