Werth leaves Sunday’s game with wrist injury

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth had to leave Sunday’s game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist. He is listed as day-to-day.

With the Nationals losing 9-2, Werth led off the sixth inning and was behind in the count, 1-2, when he struck by the pitch thrown by right-hander Kevin Correia.

Werth slammed his bat to the ground and walked to first base before he was taken out of the game in favor of Brian Bixler.

Werth is having one of the worst seasons of his career, hitting .223 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.


Since when is it the Managers job to get his team to improve their hitting. You have to love the way Davey Johnson assumes the blame for his teams shortcomings but it does not wash. The Nats hitting problems were here a long time before Johnson took over and are well documented that they plagued his predecessor Riggleman as well. The core of this problem has been what the Nats front office continue to call a hitting instructor, Rick Eckstein. Under Eksteins complete, absolute and total ineptitude the Nats team batting average has consistently stayed at the bottom or second to the bottom of the entire Major League in hitting production. This, while other teams with similar hitting problems have made marked improvement as the season progressed. It is high time the Nats front office (Rizzo) swallow their pride and fire this fraud and get someone who knows what they are doing. My candidate for a more than adequate replacement would be Frank Robinson. Come on Nats wake up!!!!

Give it up to Mike Rizzo on how to celebrate the 4th of July. His promotion of Bryce Harper to AA Harrisburg was an answer to a Davey Johnson prayer. Harper is the big “hairless” chested slugger that Johnson needs sitting next to him to scare opposing managers. One can only hope that when Harper ( a better than .300 hitter) does make it to the Nationals that the hitting debilitating disease known as Rick Ekstein is no longer there to try to corrupt and confuse our innocent hero Harper. Where is Spiderman when we need him to head off that disaster.

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