Adam Eaton was last seen buzzing around on a scooter because of his season-ending ACL injury. Chris Heisey’s ruptured biceps tendon had left him black and blue and on the disabled list.
Add Jayson Werth to the thinning of the Washington Nationals’ outfield. Werth was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday because of a left foot contusion. The 37-year-old outfielder fouled a pitch off his toe in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. The deflection has led to Werth being shelved for the time being.
Werth was moved into the No. 2 spot in the batting order following Eaton’s injury. He is hitting .262 with a .367 on-base percentage and .447 slugging percentage in 47 games this season. Anthony Rendon is a likely candidate to be moved into that spot while Werth heals.
Ryan Raburn, who was recently acquired in a mid-May trade, was called up to replace Werth. Right-handed reliever Rafael Martin was designated for assignment in order to make room for Raburn on the 40-man roster.
Raburn has spent parts of 11 season in the major leagues as an utility outfielder. He, Adam Lind and Brian Goodwin, will share duty in left field during Werth’s absence. Goodwin is on the roster to replace Heisey.