Jayson Werth expected to be out until August after CT scan shows wrist fractures

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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.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.