DENVER — The Washington Nationals subbed out one right-handed bench player for another on Monday when they activated Mark DeRosa from the disabled list and placed Xavier Nady on it.
Nady was officially put on with right wrist tendinitis, an issue that he has been dealing with since spring training but hadn’t become public until Monday.
Nady received a cortisone injection in the wrist Monday in Colorado and the doctors told him that while there was a chance things might get better without a DL stint, it could get worse. That was when the decision was made to activate DeRosa and allow Nady time to heal.
Nady has struggled to find his rhythm offensively this season, hitting .157 with three home runs used mostly as a fourth outfielder and in a bench role. Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated Monday it was clear the team felt his issue affected his performance.
“A lot of times you have to play through something when you’re not 100 percent,” Johnson said, likening it to what Ryan Zimmerman has been going through with his shoulder. “The need is coming up now that possibly Zim may go down. We’ve got a guy that’s more healthy than Nady. It just made sense to take care of it and get everybody healthy. It’s a good move.”