Werth wants to play in opener

Updated: March 17, 2005, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The MRI and CT scan performed on Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Jayson Werth's broken left wrist showed improvement, and he is hoping to be ready for the April 5 opener at San Francisco.

 Jason Werth

"It's getting better. I think I'm a couple of days away" from getting back to full workouts, Werth said Thursday. "I think I only need a couple of days swinging the bat to get ready."

Werth fractured the radius bone in his wrist when he was hit by a fastball from Florida's A.J. Burnett in the Dodgers' first exhibition game. Since then, Werth hasn't been allowed to catch balls or swing a bat.

If Werth isn't ready to go on opening day, Ricky Ledee will likely replace him in the lineup.

"I've still got a ways to go, but we're close," Werth said.

Backup outfielder Cody Ross, who cut his right knee in Wednesday's game, received nine stitches and will be inactive for at least a week, the Dodgers said.

The Dodgers made their second round of cuts from the big league roster Thursday, optioning right-hander Franquelis Osoria, catcher Russell Martin and infielders Willy Aybar and Brian Myrow.

The Dodgers' spring game against Houston on Thursday was canceled by rain.

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