Monday, August 12, 2013

Werth, Davey leave Nats' win with injuries

Photo by USA Today
Jayson Werth continued his impressive season at the plate on Sunday with his second consecutive three-hit day, raising his average on the year to a whopping .328. But the Nationals’ right fielder later left the game in the sixth inning after banging his right knee sliding into home in the fifth. 

He is now considered day-to-day with a good chance he’ll play Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.

“It’s okay. Just kinda got caught underneath me on that slide home. Kinda stiffened up a little bit,” he said. 

“Doctors looked at it. I didn’t think it was a big deal. But should be okay. Day off tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll know waking up in the morning, but I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

Werth was treated by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Duougiuh in the game’s later innings and is not expected to receive an MRI. Werth iced it to reduce the swelling and had bandages on the top and bottom of his knee cap afterwards.

"Dr. Wiemi was back there," Davey Johnson said. "Didn't think it was anything other than a pretty good bruise."

Johnson himself also left the dugout with an injury. He was feeling pain in his back in the seventh inning and left to get treatment for the eighth and ninth. 

Johnson threw out his back on Aug. 7 during a loss against the Atlanta Braves. He has a history of back issues and will receive a shot on Tuesday to help with the pain. He also applied a heat pack to his back for temporary relief.

“There is a back story,” he joked when he was asked about already being out of his uniform after Sunday’s win. 

“I'm going to have a procedure tomorrow, an epidural or whatever I had (last year). When Stras finished the seventh inning with 75 pitches or something. I said 'I'm going to go get a hot pack and take something for the pain and if you guys mess this up, come and get me, I'll come down.'”


Johnson is also expected to be available for Tuesday’s game as the Giants come to town.

31 comments:

NatsLady said...

There are days when I really like Davey. (Also, back pain is nothing to sniff at. Could explain why he looked so drained in those post game pressers, even more than the losses.)

NatsLady said...

And, Alfonso Soriano got his 2000th hit yesterday. Too bad the Nats were what they were in 2006, no chance of spending big for him. But he sure was fun to watch.

Soriano

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/12/let-us-praise-alfonso-soriano-on-the-occasion-of-his-2000th-career-hit/comment-page-1/#comment-556132

Doc said...

Davey is Davey, with his MA in mathematics and all his MLB history.

Not sure Nats got Davey at his best. But a 90% Davey is still better than a 100% of most other managers.

I'm going to miss him when he goes, and I would think that most of his players will miss him too.

bowdenball said...

I think you meant "thank God the Nats were what they were in 2006 and didn't spend big on him."

He may have gotten to 2000 hits, but the journey there from 2006 has been a complete nightmare. I honestly can't think of a single decision the Nats could have made since they arrived in DC that would have been worse than ponying up for Soriano. Would have meant no Zimmermann of course, and probably no Werth, and he may well have cost them Strasburg and maybe Harper too by getting them a couple extra wins.

TimDz said...

"Dr. Wiemi was back there," Davey Johnson said. "Didn't think it was anything other than a pretty good bruise."

Which probably means he will end up on the DL...
I'm not too impressed with Dr. Weimi's track record...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

bowdenball, spot on analysis. One of the smarter Kasten decisions and that was a Kasten decision to let Soriano walk and take the compensatory draft picks.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Tim, Werth has his own Doc luckily. I agree on Dr. Wiemi D aka Dougie Howser.

Doc said...

Ghost, I have never been sure if it has been Dr. Wiemi or Dr. Rizzo (not the monkey on Animal Practice) doing his own media interpretation for Dr. Wiemi.

Still haven't gotten over those 'great' pre-signing physicals preformed on Marquis and ALR. Just not sure that Dr. Rizzo was not performing his own 'diagnoses', not Dr. Wiemi????

JDub seems to have figured out who he wants to 'pull his leg'. LOL

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Doc, good point and good memory on LaRoche and Marquis. Painful in more ways than 1.

A DC Wonk said...

Who were the comp pix for Soriano?

TimDz said...

DC Wonk

I believe the comp pics were Jordan Zimmermann and Josh Smoker...

TimDz said...

DC Wonk:

http://www.natsinsider.com/2010/04/still-sore-about-soriano.html

DaveBinMD said...

bowdenball, you nailed it on all points with regard to Soriano.

NatsLady said...

bowdenball, that is EXACTLY what I meant, and that is a comment I had made on HBT.

Soriano was fun to watch, but you don't pay for a player like that unless contention is within sight (e.g., Werth). It was NOWHERE in sight in 2006-7. No pitching, no bullpen, no farm system. It was Ryan Zimmerman and, and, and. Well, Pedro Astacio!

Strasburg's Maddux.

What is a "Maddux"?

http://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/08/week-19-game-117-nats-vs-phillies.html

NatsLady said...

Looking at his stats, Soriano's journey after the Nats wasn't a "complete nightmare," he had a couple of good years with OPS+ of 122 and 120 in 2007 and 2008. (Age 31 and 32). Problem is, those two years would have meant NADA to us, since there was nothing else on our team. What the Cubs were thinking defies analysis, since they weren't close to contending either. You add a veteran slugger like that as the final piece of a team, not a building block.

DaveBinMD said...

Yes, the comp. picks for Soriano were Josh Smoker and JZim. Rizzo fought tooth and nail with some of the organization's scouts, trying to get JZim moved higher-up on the Nats draft board. Bowden had to basically break the tie, saying of Rizzo: 'This was what we hired him for' and placing JZim high enough so that he was taken early in the 2nd round (at 67), but Rizzo had been trying to get him moved-up higher than that, into the comp. round, to one of the two spots that were used on Josh Smoker (at 31), or Michael Burgess (at 49, which was the comp. pick for Jose Guillen leaving).

Steady Eddie said...

Wasn't Michael Burgess traded to the Cubs for Tom Gorzelanny?

Given Gorzy's demonstrated utility as a backup starter (which he's continued to do, moving into the Brewers' rotation this year), still can't understand going with Duke over Gorzy. Granted, none of us were thrilled at Gorzy's habit of giving up a run seemingly 2 out of every 3 relief appearances, but still seems like giving up a demonstrably adequate (if no more) long LHR for the chance that Duke might be as good.

Oh well, I'll stop playing 6 degrees of Soriano now.

NatsLady said...

Eddie, I think the problem was money and years (and the perception that Duke and Gorzy were "about equal" -- long relievers/spot starters). That didn't turn out to be true, mostly because Duke was a flop.

phil dunton said...

Re A. Soriano.... Beware of any veteran who has a career year in his expiring contract season. There are plenty of examples but Soriano is one of the best. You can include Laoche in the list too.

NatsLady said...

Rizzo went "cheap" on the bullpen. Then it turned out that middle relief was a problem. An on-going problem, though it was hard to foresee Storen and Mattheus.

Dave said...

I like to think of it as Brad Wilkerson => Jordan Zimmerman.

Nats got Sori in the trade with Texas for Wilky. I think it came out all right.

Steady Eddie, I always like Gorzy, too, and was a bit surprised we didn't sign him for this year.

NatsLady said...

I understand his reasoning, since he felt the rotation was so strong. But that was last year's rotation, this year's had problems, and not just Detwiler/Haren. So the the lack of middle relief meant Stammen got overworked and then THAT became a problem. I don't know what percentage of the budget you want to spend on the bullpen, especially middle relief, but you have to have some level of quality there.

DaveBinMD said...

Yes Steady Eddie, Burgess went to the Cubs for Gorzy.

Dave, there was more than just Wilkerson in that deal to Texas for Soriano, the Nats included Terrmel Sledge and Armando Galarraga, the pitcher who was later robbed of a perfect game with the Tigers by a horrible call at first base that should have been the last out.

Doc said...

Correctomundo NL on your read on Rizzo going cheap on the BP.

Rizzo has a nasty habit of being 'penny wise and pound foolish'. I think that he likes to show the Lerners that after spending all their bucks, he is really saving them money!

I also think that Duke had a lucky September, that Rizzo thought was a great opportunity to save money on Gorzo.

Gorzo is doing well for the Brewers, and one of their better pitchers.

Dave said...

Thanks, DaveB. Yeah, I think I remember that Sledge was in that trade, but I forgot that Gallaraga was a National at one point.

I didn't get much of an impression of Sledge, because it took me a month or so to start paying close attention in 2005. But I do recall that throughout the season, the souvenir booth at the East Cap entrance to RFK had seemingly nothing but Sledge T-shirts for sale.

JD said...

Doc,

Cheap on the BP?

$13 mil a year for Soriano?

DaveBinMD said...

Dave: I also remember a lot of Sledge stuff for sale. Early in the 2005 season he tore his hamstring completely off the bone, so we never saw much of him before he was included in that trade.

natsfan1a said...

Speaking of Sledge, from my October 2, 2012, post: Re. former Nats, and as previously reported, enjoyed seeing a Terrmel Sledge shirt in the stands last night. As old-timers will recall, he hit the first dinger in the history of "our" Nats, and did it at Philly thankyouverymuch. Of course, a Phan threw it back. :-)

natsfan1a said...

(Man, that night was one of the best birthdays ever. But I digress.)

JD said...


Gorzelany contributed 0.2 Wins over replacement for the Nats last year. It was perfectly reasonable to assume that they can get that from Duke. Long relief is not where you spend big and I venture to say that the absence of Gorzelany is pretty close to irrelevant in the overall scheme of things.

It's just another topic people like to whine about.

JD said...


NL,

Stammen has thrown 60 innings so far this year compared to 88 for the full year last year. I don't think he's been over worked, just less effective.

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