Saturday, May 24, 2008

Werth Hits DL, Bohn Recalled

Jayson Werth was placed on the 15-day disabled list after last night's game against the Astros, due to a strained right oblique, according to the Phillies website. T.J. Bohn will take Werth's spot on the roster.

Werth will be greatly missed, though outfielder is perhaps the position that the Phillies can best afford to lose, as Pat Burrell has had a strong season and Shane Victorino and Geoff Jenkins have been hot of late.

Hopefully Werth can return quickly, as he is in the midst of a career year. He is slugging a career-high .519 and has hit nine home runs through forty games. Werth has never hit more than 16 home runs in a season, though it should be noted that he has never gotten as consistent playing time as he has this year. He made headlines on May 16th with a three home run, eight RBI day against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of his former teams. He has also had a strong season defensively, playing mostly center field and right field.

Werth's trip to the DL will have a huge impact on the team's bench production. With four outfielders capable of starting, the Phillies had a dangerous bat looming on the bench, whether it was Werth, Victorino, Jenkins, or even sometimes Burrell, who hit a pinch hit home run Thursday night. Now T.J. Bohn joins the bench (again), but it's unlikely he'll see much time, save as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. While this injury is hardly as detrimental as the one that sidelined Jimmy Rollins for a month, it will undoubtedly have an impact, especially in late-game situations.

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