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Nationals' Jayson Werth has two fractures in left wrist

The outfielder is expected to miss at least two months after suffering two fractures in his left wrist.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Appearing in just 27 games for the Washington Nationals this season, outfielder Jayson Werth's injury plagued 2015 campaign has taken yet another turn for the worst. A CT scan revealed that Werth has two fractures in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch on May 15 despite initial x-rays providing negative results.  The 36-year-old is expected to miss at least two months with an optimistic return date of mid-August.

This year, Werth has hit just .208/.294/.287 with two home runs and 25 strikeouts in 119 plate appearances. Typically an essential power bat in the heart of the Nationals' lineup, Werth hit .292/.394/.455 in 2014. But the Nationals have relied on 24-year-old Michael Taylor in Werth's absence. In 102 plate appearances this year, Taylor has hit .219/.265/.375 with three home runs.

With Bryce Harper catching fire over the course of the last month, the Nationals have rebounded from a 7-13 start by winning 21 of their last 27 games. They have a one-and-a-half game lead on the Mets for first place in the National League East.