Jayson Werth was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with a strained right hamstring. The injury has sidelined Werth for a week already and because of that, he will be eligible to come off the disabled list on May 18th since he has been sitting since May 3rd.
With Werth gone, the Washington Nationals will be missing some production in their lineup. The 33 year old veteran outfielder is batting .260 with four home runs and ten runs batted in through the first 35 games for the Nationals.
Davey Johnson and the Nats were hoping that Werth’s injury would not be too severe and that he would be able to return to action in less than a week, but his hamstring did not cooperate. Placing him on the disabled list now allows for the Nationals to move someone up from their farm system for the time Werth is going to miss.
With the open roster spot, Mike Rizzo will either call up Eury Perez or Jeff Kobernus from Triple-A, Syracuse.
Friday night, the Nats were also without another outfielder. Bryce Harper was forced to sit out as well because he had an ingrown toe-nail removed. Harper is only expected to miss one game, and his injury will not at all affect the Nats during the remaining time Werth is out.
Werth is a big loss for the Nationals in the lineup, but on the bright side of things he only has to sit out another week due to the retroactive move to place him on the DL.