Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson
Werth will undergo surgery to repair a broken left wrist suffered during
Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
A source close to the situation told The Washington Post on Monday that Werth
will have the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic. While a recovery time is
unclear, most players who suffer this type of break usually take 10-to-12
weeks to fully recover.
With two down in the sixth inning, Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco
sliced a fly ball to right. Werth, playing deep, came charging in for the
ball, went into a slide to make the catch and bent back his wrist. The ball
fell out of his glove and Werth immediately grabbed the wrist in pain.
Werth has a history of trouble with the wrist, which was broken on a pitch
from A. J. Burnett in 2005. He was able to play 102 games for the Los Angeles
Dodgers that season, but surgery revealed two ligament tears, which caused him
to miss the entire 2006 campaign.
In that instance, Dr. Richard Berger from Mayo was able to provide a proper
diagnosis which prevented a premature end to Werth's career, according to the
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