Grady Little understood the question.
He just didn't recognize the name. "Who?" asked Little, then the Dodgers manager, in August 2006 after a reporter inquired about the status of Jayson Werth.
It was a clear indication of how the outfielder -- sidelined for the entire season by a nagging wrist injury -- figured into the Dodgers' long-term plans. That is to say, he didn't…
It wasn't until after that season ended that doctors discovered Werth had suffered two torn ligaments in the wrist. He sat out all of 2006, prompting concerns that he might never play again.
Finally, Werth caught a different kind of break when a family friend suggested he visit the Mayo Clinic's hand clinic in Rochester, Minn. Werth made an appointment to see Dr. Richard A. Berger.
LA Times by Ben Bolch, 10/18/09