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Crushing injury disrupts emotional weekend

May 7, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

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An injured Jayson Werth is escorted off the field by assistant trainer Mike McGowan.

This was the night they should have been talking about Bryce Harper's hustle, culminating in the first steal of home plate by a teenager in nearly five decades.

This was the night they should have been talking about Cole Hamels openly admitting he hit Harper with a first-inning fastball on purpose, and about Jordan Zimmermann later drilling his counterpart in the leg (though insisting afterward he didn't do it on purpose).

This was the night they should have been talking about a true rivalry developing between a Nationals franchise suddenly asserting itself as a force to be reckoned with and a Phillies franchise that suddenly realizes the former doormats of the NL East are a legit threat.

But at the end of the night, all of that — not to mention the outcome of this game, a 9-3 Philadelphia rout — was pushed into the shadows, overtaken by the grim sight of Jayson Werth walking off the fieldRead more »

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  1. jeffwx - May 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Span or his equivalent…Upton is good choice too.Why did the Nats go out and sign Nady, Ankiel, Tracey when all the answer they needed were down in Syr-exCuse…

  2. peric - May 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Please leave your uncalled for snottiness back in Flushing, this is a friendly board and Mark is trying to keep it that way.Mmmm I wouldn't go that far … but its not like Redskins Insider that's for sure. Having been called out and called every name in the book? I think Natslady can handle it. If she wants to outpost everyone on the blog its part and parcel of it just as getting hit by pitches is part and parcel in baseball.

  3. NatsLady - May 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Sorry, typo. Peric, agree on Upton, but we need help sooner than that if we are going to compete this season, and I believe strongly that Rizzo has that intention. It's not just LF, it's really unlikely that Ankiel can play CF every day, so now you are talking about two outfield positions to fill with triple-A, scrubs, has-beens, wannabe's and Bernadina. That might be ok for last year, but not for this year.

  4. jeffwx - May 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I wish all our answers to our problems were down in the rust belt city of syracuse…BTW, heard they may be moving our AAA affiliate out of there and closer to home (eg: Richmond)…I hope so.If all our answers were down on the farm, why did Rizzo go out of the organization and sign DeRosa, Tracy, Ankiel…

  5. jeffwx - May 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Scott, go play with your dolphin for a while

  6. peric - May 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    It's not just LF, it's really unlikely that Ankiel can play CF every day, so now you are talking about two outfield positions to fill with triple-A, scrubs, has-beens, wannabe's and BernadinaLF Michael Morse, Roger Bernadina, Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Corey Brown.RF Bryce Harper, Roger Bernadina, Xavier Nady, Corey Brown.1B Adam LaRoche, Chad Tracy, Tyler Moore, Chris MarerroCF : Rick Ankiel, Bryce Harper, Roger Bernadina, Corey BrownThe corner outfield spots look fine. Solid power and production. Ankiel and Harper can handle CF until next year when decisions need to be made. Span just isn't a better solution than the bench period.

  7. TimDz - May 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    is it just me or does the banter on this board change from "good natured ribbing" to "Ad Hominem vitriol" after a loss?I know the Werth injury sucks, but come on already….I'm hopiing I can read the posts here daily…not just after winning days.

  8. Steady Eddie - May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    peric — I wasn't doing it for natslady particularly, she's taken care of herself quite well on this board for years. It wrote that because this is a really good board and it doesn't take a lot of that tone to have it degenerate into a food fight.

  9. Scott from Burke - May 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    waxy..now that dolphin was an ATHLETE…unbelivably quick and very strong…he popped up in the water 30 yeards away from me..then a grey blur..then he was right next to me…amazing..i would highly recommend it if you have the chance..unforgettable

  10. NatsLady - May 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Thanks, peric. I'm fine, no problem. As you say, you play you takes your hits… Very appropriate, and I'm delighted to be in such excellent company.Speaking of which, just read Mark's next post– someone drank the Harper kool-aid! I'm off to work now, so argue amongst yourselves for a while.

  11. peric - May 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    .BTW, heard they may be moving our AAA affiliate out of there and closer to home (eg: Richmond)…I hope so.NOPE, they just re-upped the contract with Syracuse and Alliance stadium. Its also close to their short season affiliate Auburn.The move will likely be out of Hagerstown if any were to occur.

  12. peric - May 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Why did the Nats go out and sign Nady, Ankiel, Tracey when all the answer they needed were down in Syr-exCuse..Because prospects like Moore and Brown are still being developed (albeit Brown is considered just past the prospect stage). Davey liked them and he and Rizzo produced a plan for them to work through in Syracuse. Brown starts every day and leads off. Moore bats third and plays some left field.They also signed Mark Teahan, Jason Michaels, Brett Carroll, and Xavier Paul as veteran backup.They don't need Span even for 1/2 a year. They need a Hunter Pence. Not a Denard Span.

  13. natsfan1a - May 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Thanks for the links, Wonk. I also liked this one, linked to from one of the pieces you highlighted.

  14. natsfan1a - May 7, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Hat tip to NatsLady, who took the high road, unlike Scott. I'm not generally one to play the sexist card but…dang:Scott from Burke said… c'mon eddie..i wrote warehouse, not… May 07, 2012 12:48 PM

  15. jeffwx - May 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    In the real world of the hear and now:LF: BernadinaCF: AnkielRF: HarperOF backup: X. Nady, 1st baseman T. MooreNot so good…recommend getting some help…Span is a good choice as are others.

  16. jeffwx - May 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Agreed…would take Hunter Pence/Michael Bourne too.Too bad…Syracuse is too far away from DC. Better for a Montreal affiliate.

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The Nats get Zim and LaRoche back and lose Werth.2 come back and 1 gone for a while may seem like a +1 for those keeping score. Problem is Zim is replacing Lombo who was hot and LaRoche is replacing Tracy who just started getting hot.Get Lombo to 2nd base and get Tracy tracking some outfield balls to see if he can play some LF and in the meantime Bernadina can play LF against RH pitching and Harper takes over RF.

  18. ehay2k - May 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Scott – unless you intend to contribute to this blog, please stop posting. You have regressed from talking about baseball to unwarranted and unfounded personal attacks against a long-time contributor who is, on the whole, very well liked. No one, and I mean NO ONE, wants to read those kind of posts here.

  19. alm - May 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Re Willie, the Mets and Harper.Willie was and is my favorite player all-time – how many of you have "Sey Hey Willie" on your IPod?Saw Willie hit 2 HR's to left center and an out to the warning track all in the same spot at Shea in '71 and then was so excited that he came to the Mets the next year (ex-Met fan since the 60's here).As others have stated, he was done when he got to the mets but what a player.Love Bryce and hope he can keep doing what he is showing us these few games. He is not Willie or Rocky Colavito or Pete Rose or Hank Aaron but he reminds us of the greatest that have played the game. That's exciting and must see TV.

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