In discussing Jayson Werth's decision to visit Dr. Richard Berger at the Mayo Clinic today to have his sore left wrist examined further by the doctor who performed surgery on the same wrist back in 2005, Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explained to reporters, including the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes that the "range of motion" in Werth's wrist actually improved over the last couple days.
"'He feels fine,'" Rizzo said, "'…it felt better. We had this planned before he came here [to Chicago]. He wanted to go see him on the off day.'"
Thirteen days after he was hit by a fastball from San Diego Padres' right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, however, Werth was still experiencing soreness in the wrist in spite of the fact that an X-ray and MRI reportedly revealed no structural damage.
According to reports this afternoon, today's examination revealed two fractures.
MLB.com's Bill Ladson was first with the report, citing a "baseball source" who told him, "A CT scan of Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday revealed two small fractures, " though he noted that, "[t]he Nationals have not confirmed the news."
Washington Post writer James Wagner has since reported the same, writing on Twitter that his sources too told him that Werth's wrist was fractured in two places:
Tough news for Nats: Two small fractures found in Jayson Werth's left wrist after a CT scan, per source. Hope is he'll be back in August.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 28, 2015
Both reporters sources say that Werth could be out until August. With him out of the lineup the last two weeks the Nationals have used Michael Taylor, Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson in left field, but with the knowledge now that Werth will be out for two months, will they attempt to find another solution?
Still no official word from the Nationals on the reports. More info when it is available...