When Washington outfielder Jayson Werth walked off the field at Nationals Park on Sunday night, head down and clutching his left wrist, more than one stomach churned. Not only did Werth look to be in significant pain, but a ligament injury to the same wrist in 2005 nearly ended his career.

The way it looked at the outset, there really was no worse place for Werth to be injured. Nationals manager Davey Johnson called it "tragic."