In June, more than a month before he would return to the majors with another scar in his left wrist, Jayson Werth ordered a shipment of bats that weighed an ounce and a half less than what he had used in recent seasons. He knew the strength in his wrist would not be the same, and he thought the lighter bat would feel better. He had used the same model in 2007, when he returned from the wrist surgery that saved his career.

I just know my old bat, it just doesnt feel right, Werth said. The bat Im using is the same bat I used from the first injury. It feels good, so Im going to stick with it.