Thursday, March 17, 2005
Werth wants to play in opener
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The MRI and CT scan performed on Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Jayson Werth's broken left wrist showed improvement, and he is hoping to be ready for the April 5 opener at San Francisco.
"It's getting better. I think I'm a couple of days away" from
getting back to full workouts, Werth said Thursday. "I think I
only need a couple of days swinging the bat to get ready."
Werth fractured the radius bone in his wrist when he was hit by
a fastball from Florida's A.J. Burnett in the Dodgers' first
exhibition game. Since then, Werth hasn't been allowed to catch
balls or swing a bat.
If Werth isn't ready to go on opening day, Ricky Ledee will
likely replace him in the lineup.
"I've still got a ways to go, but we're close," Werth said.
Backup outfielder Cody Ross, who cut his right knee in
Wednesday's game, received nine stitches and will be inactive for
at least a week, the Dodgers said.
The Dodgers made their second round of cuts from the big league roster Thursday, optioning right-hander Franquelis Osoria, catcher
Russell Martin and infielders Willy Aybar and Brian Myrow.
The Dodgers' spring game against Houston on Thursday was
canceled by rain.