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Werth likely out 12 weeks following surgery

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Werth likely out 12 weeks following surgery

Jayson Werth was due to have surgery today on his broken left wrist, a procedure that is likely to keep him out for roughly 12 weeks, according to a source close to the Nationals right fielder.

The surgery was set to take place after Werth was examined by a specialist, who also consulted with Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic, the doctor who six years ago repaired a ligament injury in Werth's same wrist that allowed him to resurrect his career.

It's not believed doctors found any ligament damage today, only a clean break of the radius bone on the opposite side of the wrist where Werth's previous injury was located.

Recovery time from such a procedure, which includes plates and screws being inserted in the wrist is typically about 12 weeks. That could have Werth back in the Nationals' lineup in early August.

Though Werth's surgery is a serious blow to a Nationals club already beset by injuries to stalwarts Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche, Drew Storen, Brad Lidge and Mark DeRosa, the franchise does have a natural replacement for the veteran in right field.

Rookie Bryce Harper, who has taken the baseball world by storm since his promotion nine days ago, will likely shift from left to right field, according to manager Davey Johnson. Johnson would then use a combination of Roger Bernadina and Xavier Nady in left field until Morse is ready to return from his lat muscle injury (he's not expected back for at least another month).

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.