Jayson Werth was due to have surgery today on his broken left wrist, a procedure that is likely to keep him out for roughly 12 weeks, according to a source close to the Nationals right fielder.
The surgery was set to take place after Werth was examined by a specialist, who also consulted with Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic, the doctor who six years ago repaired a ligament injury in Werth's same wrist that allowed him to resurrect his career.
It's not believed doctors found any ligament damage today, only a clean break of the radius bone on the opposite side of the wrist where Werth's previous injury was located.
Recovery time from such a procedure, which includes plates and screws being inserted in the wrist is typically about 12 weeks. That could have Werth back in the Nationals' lineup in early August.
Though Werth's surgery is a serious blow to a Nationals club already beset by injuries to stalwarts Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche, Drew Storen, Brad Lidge and Mark DeRosa, the franchise does have a natural replacement for the veteran in right field.
Rookie Bryce Harper, who has taken the baseball world by storm since his promotion nine days ago, will likely shift from left to right field, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson would then use a combination of Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady in left field until Morse is ready to return from his lat muscle injury (he's not expected back for at least another month).
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.
He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.
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The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.
It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.
Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.
In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.
The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.
If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week.
For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored.
He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games.
Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored.
With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times.
The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East.
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