Jayson Werth enjoys the boos, discusses possible Phillies reunion

Jayson Werth enjoys the boos, discusses possible Phillies reunion

Seven years later, Phillies fans still haven't forgiven Jayson Werth for signing with the division-rival Nationals.

Even though it's ludicrous to blame the guy for taking a $126 million contract.

Werth, who on Friday hit a three-run homer in the Phillies' home opener that broke the game open and eventually proved crucial in a 7-6 win, was booed lustily by the Citizens Bank Park crowd when his name was announced pregame.

Clearly unbothered by it, Werth tipped his cap to the crowd.

He enjoys the give and take.

"What? What happened?" Werth said jokingly when asked about his response to the boos. "I was just happy to be back in Philadelphia."

It is a bit surprising that this many years later, Phillies fans haven't gotten over Werth's departure. The Phillies' offer to him in the winter of 2010 was for about one-third of what the Nationals offered. How many people would turn down a raise that massive, one that not only sets you up for life but also sets up generations and generations of your family?

Werth did say some things on his way out the door that rubbed Phillies fans the wrong way. That explains some of it.

One reporter asked Werth whether he thinks he'll ever come to Philadelphia and get a positive reception.

"I don't know, do you? Maybe next year," he said.

Next year? 

"Nothing really surprises me in this game anymore," he said. "I do know that I am a free agent after the end of the year …"

Werth said it in a half-joking tone, but the point was basically, those who hate you today can love you tomorrow.

Either way, that reunion won't happen. It wouldn't make sense given all the outfielders in the Phillies' farm system, where they are in their rebuild and the fact that Werth turns 38 in May.

Yes, he turns 38 in May. Time flies, doesn't it? This is Werth's seventh season with the Nationals, and his homer Friday was his 101st with Washington. He's already played in 199 more regular-season games with the Nats than he did with the Phillies.

Still, though, Werth's best days came in Philly. It was where he established himself as an everyday player and where he laid the foundation for that nine-figure payday. In four seasons with the Phillies, Werth hit .282 with a .380 on-base percentage, and in his final two seasons here hit 63 home runs.

"I've always loved this place," he said hours after delivering the decisive blow to spoil the Phils' home opener (see game story). "The fans and playing in this ballpark, it means a lot to me."

MLB Notes: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to have Tommy John surgery

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MLB Notes: Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to have Tommy John surgery

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that closer Trevor Rosenthal was being moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL and that the right elbow injury would require Tommy John surgery.

"I think just the timing of it, being right in the middle of this race and the way my personal season had been taking shape and the way the team has been playing recently. Tough timing," Rosenthal said.

"It felt like we were getting in a groove, I was in a groove, and to kind of have this happen and take a piece away from a really good team is a little bit of a bummer."

Rosenthal, who recorded 93 saves in 2014-15, lost the closer's job a year ago to Seung Hwan Oh but reclaimed it this season after Oh struggled. Rosenthal recorded 11 saves, giving him 118 over the past four seasons.

Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch said Rosenthal will have surgery next week.

"We hoped for better news," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ". Somebody is going to have to step in. He was really throwing the ball well."

Red Sox: Team acquires OF Davis from A’s
CLEVELAND -- The AL East-leading Boston Red Sox have boosted their outfield depth by acquiring speedy Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics for a minor league outfielder.

The Red Sox sent 18-year-old Rafael Rincones to the last-place A's on Wednesday. Hours earlier, Boston put center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list because of a sprained left thumb.

Davis is expected to join the Red Sox in Cleveland on Thursday for a game between division leaders. He hit .233 with 26 stolen bases, five home runs and 18 RBIs in 100 games with Oakland this season.

The 36-year-old Davis is in his 12th big league season. He led the American League with 43 steals last year for Cleveland, and also hit a big home run in Game 7 of the World Series off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman.

Davis also has played for Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and Detroit. He didn't play Wednesday in Oakland's 8-7 loss in 12 innings at Baltimore.

The Red Sox designated outfielder outfielder Steve Selsky for assignment.

Cubs: Rizzo’s eagerness to play 3B quickly wanes
CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo didn't hesitate when Cubs manager Joe Maddon asked if he'd finish the game at third base, a position he'd never played at any point in his career.

Can't be that hard, right? Even if he is left-handed and would have to turn his body to throw to his normal spot at first base?

"I said `Yeah, I can play,'" Rizzo said on Wednesday . "I can field ground balls and throw. It's really as simple as you can make it."

Simple in theory. In practice, Rizzo discovered that it's a whole different world on the other side of the infield.

Just for fun, Maddon moved Rizzo to third base on Tuesday night after Kris Bryant got hit in the hand by a pitch and went for X-rays that were negative. Rizzo played his unaccustomed spot in the ninth inning and didn't get a ball hit his way as the Cubs finished off a 13-9 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Rizzo became only the third left-handed third baseman in Cubs history. The other two were in the 1800s. Although eager for the new experience, he started having second thoughts when he actually saw Joey Votto -- the Reds' first batter of the ninth inning -- dig in at the plate.

"I was not prepared at all," Rizzo said. "I've maybe taken ground balls there once this year, just to mess around."

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph remains; Pedro Florimon starts in RF

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Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph remains; Pedro Florimon starts in RF

With Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr both on the disabled list, manager Pete Mackanin continues to stick with Tommy Joseph as the Phillies' everyday first basemen.

Joseph is in the lineup batting fifth for Wednesday night's game against the Marlins, with red-hot Rhys Hoskins batting third and playing left field. Hoskins, who shares the same natural position as Joseph, has made just two starts at first since his promotion to the bigs. 

After getting the day off in the Phils' win over the Giants on Sunday, Joseph began to climb out his dreadful 5 for 56 slump in Tuesday's doubleheader with a pair of home runs and three hits overall. Meanwhile, Hoskins continued his hot streak by blasting his sixth home run and bringing his average up to .244, a far cry from his 1 for 13 start.

In right field, Pedro Florimon will make his second start since being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley. The 30-year-old utility man is 4 for 11 with four RBIs in five game appearances with the Phils. 

Behind the plate, Jorge Alfaro gets the start over Cameron Rupp, who hit a home run in his third straight game in the Phillies' first loss on Tuesday. In 33 plate appearances, Alfaro is hitting .333/.333/.424 with one home run and three RBIs.

Here is the Phils' full lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, LF
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Pedro Florimon, RF
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Mark Leiter Jr., P

And for the Marlins: 
1. Dee Gordon, 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
3. Christian Yelich, CF
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. J.T. Realmuto, C
6. Derek Dietrich, 3B
7. Tomas Telis, 1B
8. Miguel Rojas, SS
9. Justin Nicolino, P

For more on tonight's game, check out Tom Dougherty's game notes.