Just when things were starting to turn around on the injury front for the Washington Nationals, outfielder Jayson Werth pulled his groin in yesterday’s 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. He was removed from the game in the fourth inning.
According to reports, Werth blames dehydration for causing the pull, something that the Nationals training staff should have been able to help him avoid. On a hot day like this past Sunday, fluids for the players should not be an issue. However, it is up to the player to take those fluids.
At any rate, this is certainly a huge blow to an already depleted Nationals outfield. Denard Span is actively recovering from a foot injury and we all know the status of Bryce Harper who is expected to begin rehab this week in the minor leagues. With Werth now listed as day-to-day, manager Davey Johnson is going to need to figure out who will be playing in the outfield.
Usually, Roger Bernadina and/or Steve Lombardozzi would get the nod. Bernadina has is currently listed as day-to-day, but still playing, with an eye-injury. The other option that the Nationals have used, mostly in center field, is Jeff Kobernus. Kobernus has been a solid fielder and solid hitter for the Nationals and is more than capable of making a few starts when needed.
Luckily, the Nationals have an off day today before resuming play when the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town for a three-game series starting Tuesday night. Hopefully, that will give guys to heal and recover at least a little bit from their current ailments.
When the Nationals do resume play tomorrow night, the outfield could very well be played by Bernadina in left, Kobernus in center, and Lombardozzi in right. If Span is feeling ready, he missed yesterday’s game, then Span could be in his usual spot in center with Bernadina and Lombardozzi flanking him on either side.
The injury bug continues to bite the Washington Nationals. Just when things start to look up and they lineup is almost intact, another player goes down with an injury. On top of Jayson Werth, pitcher Dan Haren is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder.
The Nationals need the All-Star break almost more than any other team in baseball. That extended period of relaxation will allow banged-up players time to recover to begin the push for the playoffs. Until then, the Nationals just need to buckle-down and try to salvage the first-half of the season.