Bill Ladson

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

Injured by May 15 HBP, Nationals outfielder unlikely to return before August

CT scan shows 2 fractures in Werth's wrist

NEW YORK -- A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, according to a baseball source. The Nats have not confirmed the news.

Dr. Richard Berger, who operated on Werth's wrist in 2012, is convinced that the veteran outfielder will return to full strength. If Werth's rehabilitation goes according to plan, he could return as early as August.

This is Werth's second wrist injury as a member of the Nationals. He missed 75 games in 2012 after sustaining a left radius fracture while making a diving catch against the Phillies on May 6 of that season.

Werth's most recent injury came on May 15, when he was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne in the top of the second inning.

The next day, Werth said the injury reminded him of when he broke his left wrist in 2005, while he was a member of the Dodgers. That year, Werth broke his wrist on the first day of Spring Training and missed 44 games of the regular season. After the 2005 season, Werth underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair ligaments in the left wrist, which cost him the entire '06 season.

Werth acknowledged that he went through a difficult time while injured as a member of the Dodgers, and he expected a quicker recovery this time around.

With Werth out of the lineup, manager Matt Williams has rotated Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor and Clint Robinson in left field. It's doubtful one player will play more than the others. All three can provide power, but the club would prefer each to be more consistent at the plate.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.