Phillies Think Werth Is Worth A Shot

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Posted Dec 19, 2006


After missing the entire 2006 season with a wrist injury, Jayson Werth is ready to return to action. His chance will come with the Phillies who signed the former Dodger to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Jayson Werth still hasn't completely recovered from a wrist injury that cost him the entire 2006 season. The outfielder admits that he still feels pain in the wrist, but also reports that he's come a long way and should be ready for spring training.

The Phillies think it's worth a shot.

Needing some punch on their bench, the Phillies signed Werth to a one-year, $850,000 deal and will use him as a pinch-hitter. Werth is attractive to the Phillies because of his combination of power and speed, but the number of injuries that he's had are a concern. "We think he has tremendous athleticism and we're very happy to have him in Philadelphia," said GM Pat Gillick.

Werth can play all three outfield positions and has hit 25 home runs in parts of four major league seasons. In 2004, Werth hit .262 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI, which were all career-highs.

Ideally, the Phillies would have gone with a left-handed bat to replace David Dellucci, who signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Indians. The Phillies could have used some left-handed power to bring off the bench, but didn't miss the opportunity to sign Werth for the 2007 season.



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