Jayson Werth Injury: Werth's Statement to Philly Fans Adds Fuel to the Fire

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIMay 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is helped off the field by manager Davey Johnson and assistant athletic trainer Mike McGowan after injuring his wrist in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on May 6, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper, Mike Rizzo and now Jayson Werth have collectively started what now seems like one of the most interesting rivalries in the National League.

Werth, who underwent surgery on his broken left wrist on Monday, will likely be out 10-12 weeks—a  typical time frame allotted to those who undergo this surgery.

Something tells me that Werth will try his hardest to get back even sooner. But he won't just be doing it for the sake of the Nationals, as it now seems he has a little extra motivation.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Werth said Phillies fans in right field heckled him as he walked off the field after injuring his wrist on Sunday.

In the email he sent to the Post, Werth wrote:

"After walking off the field feeling nauseous, knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”


Sounds like a threat to me.

Although, Werth has every right to be angry.

He was a member of the team that won the World Series in 2008—the Phillies first since 1980—and he also contributed to the 2009 team that made it to the World Series.

He may not have played in Philadelphia for very long, but he most definitely made his mark on the city. The fans have no right to treat him like they did on Sunday.

Looks like there are now even more fireworks between the Nationals and Phillies, and I know that their series beginning on May 21 can't come soon enough.