Update: Well, it looks like the news on Werth just got upgraded to torrential downpour:
— MLB (@MLB) May 10, 2013
Jayson Werth is probably not a very happy man right now.
The Washington Nationals right fielder has already missed five straight games thanks to a balky hamstring, and if that wasn’t enough rain on the the 33-year old’s parade, there’s a little bit of downpour to go with it too:
Jayson Werth is going for MRI on his hamstring tomorrow. But Davey said he actually thinks a stomach virus might be at root of cramp issue
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 9, 2013
The Nationals’ thought, according to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, is that “dehydration has been a primary factor in the muscle tightening and cramping over the past week” for Werth, and that the stomach bug may be what’s keeping his hamstring injury from healing as quickly as it’d otherwise expect.
Fortunately for the team, preliminary results from the MRI done for the outfielder came back negative, and according to manager Davey Johnson, the Bearded One’s return could be imminent:
Davey said Jayson Werth will likely be out tomorrow as well, but will probably play on Saturday unless something unforeseen happens. #Nats
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) May 10, 2013
Werth had actually been slumping rather badly to start the 2013 season, hanging around replacement level production through his first 27 games with a .260/.308/.400 triple-slash that’s coming with a career-low 5.6 percent walk rate.
That said, prior to the game on May 2 in which he had to exit early, he’d been coming off a run of hitting safely in five out of six games and perhaps showing signs of life.
Of course, considering that both Tyler Moore (.163/.196/.326) and Roger Bernadina (.129/.206/.129) are falling well below replacement levels in trying to hold the fort, the Nationals are will be more than happy to see Werth if and when he comes back, as he would represent a staggering upgrade in the outfield even at his current level of production.