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Werth gets cortisone shot, out couple more days

Aug 13, 2014, 5:40 PM EST

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Jayson Werth was given a cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder and will miss a couple more days, but the Nationals say an MRI revealed no structural damage and that the veteran outfielder shouldn’t need to spend any time on the disabled list.

The MRI, performed in New York, showed only inflammation of the AC joint, manager Matt Williams told reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Mets at Citi Field.

Werth was out of the Nationals’ lineup for the fourth time in five games, hampered by a shoulder injury that progressively got worse late last week. Speaking on Sunday in Atlanta, he said the injury might have been triggered by a catch up against the wall August 1 in Washington. He played several days in mild pain, but it got worse during Thursday’s 13-inning win over the Mets.

For comparison’s sake, teammate Ryan Zimmerman sprained his AC joint in 2012 and required several cortisone shots to make it through the season before ultimately undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

Werth didn’t believe his injury was serious when speaking on Sunday and said he hoped he’d be back to something close to 100 percent soon, though he has little experience in this area.

“I don’t know, I’m somewhere where I’ve never been before,” he said. “I think I’m going to be OK.”

  1. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I hope it’s not shoulder arthritis like Zim

  2. janebeard - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I also hope it’s not arthritis. AND I still remember that Zimm came back so much better, after his shots, that Mark said there should be “another shot of cortisone all around” (in jest of course). I think it’ll hold him till the end of October. And I think we will NEED it to.

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      The first thing I thought when I saw “cortisone shot” and “shoulder” in the same sentence was how amazingly Zim responded to his back in 2012. If JW comes back after the Pirates’ series like Zim did……look out world

  3. slidell2 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Speed shifting through the gears on that Porsche probably doesn’t help.

  4. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Maybe he should get the norange vest out of the way now…

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