PITTSBURGH — The Washington Nationals made official their anticipated roster moves Tuesday afternoon, activating third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list and placing right fielder Jayson Werth on it.
Zimmerman’s activation will be a welcome development for the Nationals’ offense, especially one now coping with the loss of Werth, who underwent surgery on his broken left wrist on Monday. In total, Zimmerman missed 13 games with right AC joint inflammation but his return this afternoon was expected after he progressed well through batting practice session this past weekend.
Werth is expected to be out at least 10-12 weeks after breaking his wrist Sunday night. The Nationals didn’t put him on the 60-day disabled list, but it is merely a procedural move. If the Nationals need a 40-man roster spot, they would most likely be able to shift Werth there without issue.
Before he was hurt, Werth was hitting .276 with three homers and 12 RBI in 27 games. According to the Nationals’ announcement, this is Werth’s first trip to the disabled list since 2008 and he entered the season as one of nine National Leaguers to play in at least 150 games in his previous three seasons.