Good news, everyone! Jayson Werth had X-rays of his left wrist taken after the HBP on Friday night in San Diego when Padres' right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne hit him with a 92 mph fastball.
Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams told reporters that night that the X-rays were negative, but the plan was for the 35-year-old outfielder to wait for swelling to go down and then have an MRI, if necessary.
MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported on Monday night that Werth did have an MRI which revealed no fractures/breaks or ligament damage:
A baseball source said Jayson Werth had an MRI on Monday and it confirmed that there was no fracture or ligament damage in the left wrist.— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 19, 2015
It's not known if Jayson Werth is going on the disabled list. I'll have more on http://t.co/yGl1p8YlC7.— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 19, 2015
Werth told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner, this weekend that he didn't want to go on the DL, but didn't want to leave the Nationals shorthanded:
"'It’s tough because I don’t want this team to play short if I’m not available,' he said. 'But I don’t want to go on the DL either.'"
MLB.com's Ladson wrote tonight that there's still no decision on whether or not Werth will land on the DL.
The veteran outfielder started the season on the Disabled List as he recovered from offseason surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.
In 27 games since he returned, Werth has put up a .208/.294/.287 line with two doubles and two home runs in 119 plate appearances.
Here's Ladson's full report and then all the links we could find from the last 24 hours in Nationals news...
NATS BEAT: Harper love; Strasburg's start + more:
Harper named NL POTW...again:
• "The Nationals did not play on Monday, but Harper made history again anyway." - "Bryce Harper wins second straight National League Player of the Week Award" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
• "After a blistering performance over the last seven days in Arizona and San Diego, Harper earned the honor for the second straight week." - "Harper named NL Player of the Week again" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider
• "What does Bryce Harper do for an encore? How about winning a second consecutive National League Player of the Week award?" - "Nationals Pastime: Bryce Harper claims second straight NL Player of the Week honors" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com
• "Harper led Major League hitters in runs scored (10), total bases (25) and walks (nine) last week, and the Nats rode his hot streak to a 5-2 road trip." - "Harper earns second straight Player of the Week nod" - Spencer Fordin, nationals.com
• "'Right now, he’s the MVP in the National League,' Grant Paulsen said Monday afternoon on 106.7 The Fan. 'And one step further, right now, he’s the best player in Major League Baseball this season.'" - "Bryce Harper ‘MVP in the National League’ Right Now" - Chris Lingebach, CBS DC
• Strasburg vs San Diego:
• "This was more like the real Stephen Strasburg in his homecoming against the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park." - "Strasburg shows flashes of vintage self in homecoming" - Barry M. Bloom, nationals.com
• "In the past few starts before Sunday, Strasburg’s fastball usage dipped to 55.6 percent in his woeful Arizona start on May 12 and 64.1 percent in his short start against the Marlins on May 5." - "Stephen Strasburg’s encouraging start" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
Rest of the Nationals stories:
• "The Nationals have now won 15 of their last 19 games and sit five games over .500 at 22-17. They’ve won six consecutive series, four of them against NL East teams." - "Offense has Nats standing out in NL East" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
• "Each time he took the mound, Treinen would stand on the first-base side of the rubber, aligning his right heel with the edge as he delivered a pitch." - "For Nationals' pitchers, mound position often a secret to their success" - Tom Schad, Washington Times
• "While Espinosa can’t reverse two seasons of struggles in that short a span, he has made a noticeable impact this season." - "Danny Espinosa’s left-handed swing making a difference" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
• "Anthony Rendon is in Viera, Fla. doing baseball activities as he works his way back from a strained oblique. Perhaps we know by the end of the week when he will be ready to go on a rehab assignment." - "State of the Nats: First place within reach" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider
MASN LEGAL SMACKDOWN - NATIONALS VS ORIOLES IN THE BRAWL TO SETTLE IT ALL!!!
• "Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner was in attendance at Monday’s hearing, along with principal owner Ed Cohen, who has been the ownership group’s point person in the dispute." - "No timetable for NY Supreme Court judge to issue written ruling in MASN case" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
Now we're beginning to wrestle with the $25M advance MLB made to the Nats in MASN dispute. One of the core areas of the dispute.— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 18, 2015
• "A New York state judge put off a decision in the television revenue dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals after listening to four hours of arguments." - "Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals in court over TV revenue dispute" - ESPN
MLB has argued the $25M was to advance settlement talks, aid Nats for long delay. MASN is arguing it gave league improper stake in outcome— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 18, 2015
• "The Orioles-controlled television network asked a judge on Monday to send its court battle with the Washington Nationals to a neutral arbitrator or to decide the matter himself..." - "Judge will issue written ruling in MASN case" - Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun
And that's a wrap for MASN trial. No ruling from the bench. Judge Marks will issue written decision ASAP. No firm timetable.— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 18, 2015
• "The whole thing is inside baseball, both literally and metaphorically, but the case holds sizable ramifications for the sport. Here’s a look inside the latest and most significant step in the case." - "What’s at stake as the MASN case returns to the courtroom" - Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Daily
• "Baltimore wants Marks to overturn an arbitration decision by a panel of three baseball executives, who said last June the network should pay the Nationals about $298 million for their rights from 2012-16..." - "Judge puts off decision in TV revenue dispute between Orioles and Nationals" - Ronald Blum, Brandon Sun
NATIONAL(S) BEAT: Yankees in D.C.; A-Rod A-Benched; More Harper love
• "Bryce Harper is both walking and homering twice as often as he did in the past. That’s a very good sign, regardless of the cause." - "Scorching hot Bryce Harper has nine home runs in his last 11 games" - Ted Berg, For The Win
• "Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday of Harper, 'I think we've all recognized his talent for a long time. I think he's starting to fulfill the expectations, and he'll fill them for some time.'" - "New York Yankees at Washington Nationals - May 19, 2015" - Bryan Hoch, MLB.com Preview
• "Remember when there was so much talk earlier this season about how the Mets had built a nice cushion over the Nationals? Yeah, well, that's gone." - "MLB Power Rankings: Nationals heating up" - Anthony McCarron, NY Daily News
• "While it seems unlikely he will start, it will be tough for Girardi to keep A-Rod's bat on the bench over the two interleague games." - "Alex Rodriguez unlikely to start against Nationals" - FOX Sports
• "'I faced them enough to know how to get them out,' said Eovaldi, a former Marlin." - "Nathan Eovaldi looking forward to challenge posed by Nationals" - Erik Boland, Newsday
• "Alex Rodriguez should be on the bench for the upcoming two-game interleague series at the Washington Nationals though, 'I could change my mind,' said manager Joe Girardi." - "Yanks notes: Take a seat, A-Rod" - Pete Caldera, NorthJersey.com
NATSTOWN: Half St. plans; Not-Verizon center; VA eats in D.C.
• "The Washington Nationals’ 7-year-old home — Nationals Park — has never had a corporate moniker, but we’re told it carries a hefty price of around $10 million a year." - "Verizon will drop its title connection to downtown arena" - Terry Lefton, Washington Business Journal
• "Starting with the Tuesday night game, when the Washington Nationals take on the Yankees, the Nats will unveil some Virginia flavors at its Virginia Country Kitchen." - "Nats Plan to Offer 'Virginia Country Kitchen' Menu Starting Tuesday" - Mary Ann Barton, Reston, VA Patch
• "Fresh renderings are out of Jair Lynch Development Partners' planned overhaul of Half Street, one of which seems to suggest that a Bryce Harper bomb might break a window." - "Jair Lynch Development Partners releases new renderings of Half Street project near Nationals Park" - Michael Neibauer, Washington Business Journal
• "Spotsylvania County has at least two more months to reach a deal to bring Minor League Baseball’s Hagerstown Suns to the Massaponax area." - "Spotsylvania County has until at least July 31 to reach a deal to bring the Hagerstown Suns to the Massaponax area" - Jeff Branscome, Fredericksburg.com: Spotsylvania
• "Players arrive in Auburn in a few weeks and will engage in an annual lower minor league tradition of living with host families while they're there." - "Auburn Doubledays looking for players host families" - LocalSYR.com powered by NewsChannel 9 WSYR Syracuse
• "Top Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito is scheduled for his third start Wednesday night as the P-Nats entertain Carolina at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va." - "Lopez provides another solid start, plus Harper home run notes" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com
• "That special someone was Nationals right-hander Phillips Valdez, who pitched seven hitless innings before reliever Justin Amlung fell one strike short of a combined no-hitter..." - "Washington Nationals' Phillips Valdez throws seven hitless innings for Hagerstown Suns" - Danny Wild, MiLB.com News
• "Starting RHP Phillips Valdez (4-2) did the majority of the work and got the win by going seven innings, and giving up just two walks while striking out four." - "Suns almost toss no-hitter in 5-0 win" - Eli Pearlstein, Hagerstown Suns News
• "The Potomac Nationals announce today that RHP Dakota Bacus has been named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 11th - May 17th." - "Nationals Starting Pitcher, Dakota Bacus, Honored as League's Top Weekly Hurler" - Potomac Nationals News
• "Taylor Jordan turned in a strong nine innings for Syracuse but left with the score tied in the 10th inning." - "Syracuse Chiefs and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs suspended after nine innings. Kila Ka'aihue, Taylor Jordan" - Syracuse Chiefs News
The #Nats have returned RHP Erik Davis from his rehab assignment and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 18, 2015
• "Reliever Erik Davis walked into the Syracuse Chiefs clubhouse on Monday and saw something even more encouraging than a bunch of familiar faces." - "Pitcher Erik Davis hopes to make the Syracuse Chiefs the last stop on his rehab tour" - Lindsay Kramer, syracuse.com
• "When Columbia-native Matthew Spann pitched on Friday night for the Washington Nationals’ Triple A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs, he knew that his baseball career was moving forward." - "Columbia’s Spann likes his chances in moving up towards the majors" - Caleb Odom, Columbia Daily Herald
• NL EAST UPDATES: Alderson on Mets; Shelby Miller's gem; Marlins' GM; Hamels hot
• Mets: "So what does general manage Sandy Alderson make of the Mets' 38-game start to the season?" - "Is GM Sandy Alderson happy with where Mets stand today?" - Mike Vorkunov, NJ.com
Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani is on his way to New York. A corresponding roster move will be made prior to Tuesday's game.— New York Mets (@Mets) May 19, 2015
• Phillies: "For the first time since last July, Hamels has won three straight starts. He is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in that stretch..." - "Phillies edge the Rockies as Cole Hamels wins third straight" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
• Marlins: "With Dan Jennings moving on Monday from general manager to serve as the Marlins' manager, Miami's front office will obviously change its operations, although only to an extent." - "Front office adjusts to accommodate Jennings" - Steve Wilaj, marlins.com
• Braves: "Like any other 24-year-old pitcher, Miller certainly has room to improve over the remainder of his career." - "Miller establishing himself as elite pitcher" - Mark Bowman, braves.com