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Nationals' Jayson Werth to have arthroscopic surgery on AC joint in right shoulder

Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth will reportedly have surgery on the AC joint of his right shoulder. The veteran infielder injured the shoulder this past August. He'll reportedly need 2-3 months of rehab.

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Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth injured his shoulder this past season on a play at the wall/out-of-town scoreboard in Nationals Park.

"'It didn’t look like much on the replay,'" Werth told the Washington Post's James Wagner in August. "'But just having my shoulder up above my head and it hit the wall just kinda right.'"

A subsequent MRI revealed inflammation in the shoulder and Werth received a cortisone shot at the time:

As noted above, there was no structural damage discovered at the time of the MRI. Werth missed a week of action, but returned to the lineup and finished out the season, putting up a .339/.473/.542 line with 10 doubles and four home runs over the final 35 games and 150 plate appearances of the regular season.

During the Nats' four-game NLDS loss to the San Francisco Giants, Werth went 1 for 17 with three walks and five strikeouts.

Though he finished out the season without incident,'s Ken Rosenthal is reporting this afternoon that the 35-year-old outfielder will be forced to undergo surgery on the right shoulder:

The Nationals, of course, just traded major-league-ready outfielder Steven Souza last month in the three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres that landed prospects Trea Turner (SS) and Joe Ross (RHP).

If Werth were to miss any time, the Nats still have outfielder Michael Turner, who debuted in the majors last season and is widely considered on the cusp of being ready for a shot at the major league level.

Since Rosenthal's initial report, multiple sources have confirmed the news that Werth will have surgery tomorrow:

According to's Rosenthal, even with the latest news, the Nationals aren't expected to "increase" their pursuit of Rays' infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist: