Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth spotted jawing in Nats dugout


Chase Hughes of has the story:

During the first inning of the Nationals and Giants game on Tuesday night, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s broadcast caught a tense moment between Gio Gonzalez and Jayson Werth in the Washington dugout.

Werth walked past Gonzalez and said something that provoked Gio to turn around and start yelling back at the outfielder, causing pitching coach Steve McCatty to step in the pitcher’s way. Werth kept walking and appeared to take a seat in the corner of the dugout after the exchange.

Gonzalez was slow to cover first base on what could have been an inning-ending double play in the top of the first inning. Here’s a GIF of the confrontation between Gio and Jayson from Carmen Kiew on Twitter:


In closely-related news, the Nats are 14 games back of the Braves in the National League East standings.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.