Werth Is Scratched
Jayson Werth has been scratched from today’s lineup because he tweaked his right shoulder while taking batting pratice yesterday at Bright House Field.
“So stupid,” Werth said about the injury. “It’s something that didn’t have to happen, but it happened.”
Werth and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Werth would need a couple days to recover, so it doesn’t seem to be anything serious. Werth hadn’t played in the first three Grapefruit League games, which had many people wondering what was going on.
Werth said he had been held back for a few reasons: The shorter offseason. His offseason home in Springfield, Ill., isn’t exactly a great place to get a lot of work outside. “They were giving me a couple extra days to get my legs going, which I thought was kind of smart,” Werth said. “And the spring is so long this year. I think the last two springs I’ve gotten 30 to 40 at-bats. I want twice that this spring. I’ll be all right.”
John Mayberry took Werth’s place in the lineup.
Pat Burrell received a nice ovation before his first inning at-bat. He popped out to second baseman Miguel Cairo in shallow right field. … Shane Victorino singled to right in the first to score Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer to left to make it 3-0. Mayberry followed with a solo homer to left for back-to-back homers. Miguel Cairo also hit a solo homer to left in the first to make it 5-0. … Burrell doubled down the left-field line to leadoff the fourth inning. … The Phillies announced a Bright House Field record 10,270 fans today. The place was packed early. Beautiful day.