Jayson Werth can’t drive 55. According to an Aug. 12 report from The Washington Post, Werth was stopped on July 6 while driving 105 mph in a Fairfax, Virginia, 55-mph zone. Following the speeding incident, the right fielder for the Washington Nationals was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
Werth, 35, was supposed to appear for his misdemeanor hearing in Fairfax County General District Court on Aug. 8; but his hearing was postponed until Nov. 12. Werth is cooperating fully with authorities according to a spokesperson for the Nats, who added that “The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks.” Because Werth is involved in this ongoing legal situation, the Nationals won’t be commenting any further at this time.
Werth has a sweet deal with the Nats. He signed a seven-year contract worth $126 million with Washington in 2010, according to CBS Sports. His contract ranks number 14 as the richest contract in baseball history. He’s currently in the fourth year of that contract.
Werth, suffering from a shoulder inflammation, was scratched from play earlier this week, according to a separate report from The Washington Post. Nats’ Manager Matt Williams said that his right fielder will be on leave for the next several days after getting a “cortisone shot in his right shoulder to relieve pain from an acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprain.” Werth underwent an MRI on his right shoulder on Aug. 12, which Williams said went “very well.”
Although Werth isn’t talking to the media about his injury, Williams said that according to the MRI, his right fielder doesn’t have any structural damage in his rotator cuff. Werth will have to miss the next few games until that cortisone shot takes effect. “We’ve got to shut him down for a couple days at least,” Williams said.
MLB.com reported that Werth hurt his shoulder making a catch against his former teammates, the Philadelphia Phillies, last week at Nationals Park. And Werth’s been earning his paycheck with the Nats this season, batting a respectable .279, with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs. The Nats beat the Mets last night in New York and remain five games ahead of the Braves in the National League East race.