The damage from Jayson Werth being hit on the wrist by a pitch on May 15 is even worse than expected, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that a CT scan showed “two small fractures.”
So far the Nationals haven’t made any official announcement on his status, but Werth is already on the disabled list and Ladson writes that “he could return as early as August.”
And when the best-case scenario is returning in August that seemingly suggests there are other scenarios in which he’ll miss the remainder of the season.
Replacing his 2014 production will be difficult–Werth hit .292 with an .849 OPS–but Washington is relatively well-equipped to handle his loss with rookie Michael Taylor capable of being the primary left field fill in and Tyler Moore also around to grab some playing time.
Right-hander Nick Kingham, a Pirates minor leaguer who cracked top-100 prospect lists last season and this season, will miss the remainder of the year after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.
Kingham had a 4.31 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 31 innings at Triple-A as a 23-year-old, but hadn’t pitched since May 6. Now he’ll likely be sidelined until mid-2016, which is a shame because he was close to being in line for a call-up to Pittsburgh the next time rotation help was needed.
Kingham was the Pirates’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft and has a 3.35 ERA in 535 pro innings.
Center fielder Jon Jay is slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals on Friday, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Jay has been out since May 10 with a wrist injury and hit poorly before going on the DL, so it’s unclear what type of role he’ll have upon returning.
Peter Bourjos has played well as the Cardinals’ primary center fielder and there’s already a bit of an outfield logjam with rookie Randal Grichuk trying to wrestle playing time away from Bourjos and fellow veterans Matt Holliday and Jason Heyward.
It would sure make things a lot easier if one of the outfielders was willing to and/or capable of playing first base in the absence of Matt Adams, but for now at least that’s Mark Reynolds’ job.