Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post is reporting that Jayson Werth has been placed on the 10 day disabled list with a bruised left foot. The Nationals are calling up Ryan Raburn from AAA Syracuse in a corresponding roster move.
This is the first trip to the DL for Werth since he had wrist issues back in 2015 and comes after he fouled a ball off his left foot in Saturday’s game against Oakland during the ninth inning. Things immediately looked alright as he finished the at-bat, but he would exit the game after reaching base (Wilmer Difo pinch ran for him). When things didn’t improve over the last few days, the Nats made the decision to move him to the DL retroactive to Sunday.
It’s always disappointing to lose one of your starters, even for a short period of time, but this comes as the veteran left fielder has put up a solid season so far with a .262/.367/.446 batting line. He’s also backed that up with some solid power numbers as he already has eight home runs and 18 RBI while playing in 47 games.
While coming up to replace Werth, Raburn will be making his first appearance with a Major League team this season. That being said, he’s played in parts of 11 seasons for several different teams. He’s put up decent numbers during that time with a .253/.317/.436 batting line, 146 doubles, and 91 homers in 922 major league games. Since joining the Syracuse Chiefs at the end of May, Raburn’s hit for a .261 average, hit one homer, and had five RBI.