Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was reportedly charged with misdemeanor reckless driving in Virginia stemming from an incident over the summer, per NBCWashington.com.
Court documents from Fairfax County, Virginia, revealed that the 35-year-old was driving 105 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. Werth was originally due in court on Aug. 8, but that has since been moved back to Nov. 12.
John Dever, who serves as the senior director for baseball information for the Nationals, released a statement on behalf of the team.
"The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks," it read. "Jayson is cooperating with the authorities. As it is an ongoing legal matter, the team has no further comment."
Jesse Spector of Sporting News questioned whether it was a wise move to drive 50 mph over the speed limit in Virginia:
Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe viewed this through the narrative surrounding Bryce Harper and his supposed inability to follow the baseball norms:
For Werth, this is another blow in an already tough week. MASN's Dan Kolko reported the veteran had an MRI on his ailing shoulder earlier in the day:
"He is not reacting well. We'll try to treat him again, get him going again. He feels sore today," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, per Bill Ladson of MLB.com. "I don't think it's a DL-type situation. I don't think there isn't any major issue. I think it's inflamed and sore."
Through 112 games this year, Werth is hitting .279/.370/.430 with 12 home runs and 63 runs batted in. Those numbers are almost all down from where they were at the end of last year. His shoulder injury, coupled with his age, is likely to blame for much of that regression.
Once he and the team know the severity of his shoulder issue, they'll have a better idea for how to handle him for the rest of the regular season to ensure he remains an offensive threat.
After Tuesday night's win over the New York Mets, Washington holds a five-game lead over the Atlanta Braves. Missing Werth won't necessarily signal a Nationals decline, but in the event they make the postseason, they'll certainly want him on the field.
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