The Washington Nationals will place Jayson Werth on the
15-day disabled list today due to a strained hamstring, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington.
General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Werth’s
strain is “very slight,” but it will still require a stint on the DL. The outfielder has been sidelined since May 2, as that’s when he began to feeling
his hamstring tighten. Because he hasn’t played in over a week, the transaction
can be backdated and Werth is eligible to return on May 18.
For his part, Werth believes that he’ll be ready to be
activated and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup in a week’s time.
"We feel like we're close, and I feel like it's really
not that severe," Werth said after the Nationals' 7-3 win over the Cubs.
"But it's one of those things, you go out there with the way it is and you
might make it severe pretty quickly. Erring on the side of caution, but at the
same time ... I think it's necessary. Fortunately it'll only be another seven
Washington had been hoping rest and treatment would allow
the hamstring to heal without requiring a significant stretch of time off, but
yesterday Werth’s leg “went into spasm,” according to manager Davey Johnson. An MRI from earlier in the week had revealed the strain, so the Nationalsultimately elected to place him on the DL.
In place of Werth, the Nationals are considering Triple-A
outfielder Eury Perez and utility man Jeff Kobernus.
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