Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth, who’s been out with a fractured wrist since being hit by pitch on May 15, was cleared to swing a fungo bat over the weekend.
That’s a very small step in the road back to Washington, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told Jacob Feldman of the Washington Post that Werth “is well on the road to recovery” and should be able to swing a regular bat very soon.
Feldman reports that Werth remains on track to return at some point in August, although there are still plenty of hurdles to clear before that happens.
Michael Taylor has taken over as the Nationals’ primary left fielder in Werth’s absence, but the 24-year-old rookie is hitting just .248 with six homers and a .684 OPS in 67 games.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.