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Jayson Werth to DL; Bryce Harper out of lineup

May 10, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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After more than a week riding the pine, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will be placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The move will be retroactive to May 3, making Werth eligible to return on May 18.

GM Mike Rizzo called the strain “very slight” and is confident Werth will be ready after a week of rest.

CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman has more:

The Nationals have been playing a wait-and-see game with Werth over the last week, hoping each day he’d be ready to return from what originally was termed nothing more than hamstring cramps. The club believed it might actually have been a result of dehydration from a stomach ailment, a condition for which Werth has since begun taking antibiotics.


The Nationals plan to wait until after tonight’s series opener against the Cubs to officially place Werth on the DL and then will promote a replacement outfielder from Class AAA Syracuse: either Eury Perez or Jeff Kobernus.

Werth had a slow first month of the season, walking at half his career average rate and is still missing the power he last displayed as a member of the Phillies. He carries a .260/.308/.400 line as he heads to the DL.

In other injury-related news, left fielder Bryce Harper is out of the lineup tonight after undergoing a procedure to remove an ingrown toenail. Manager Davey Johnson told the media Harper had been dealing with it for a few days. He should be ready to return to the lineup tomorrow.

  1. randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    You know, I’ll never get over how Werth yelled at that man, using profanities, in front of that young child. I’ve hoped he had a career ending injury ever since. He and Delmon young don’t deserve to play MLB.

    • chacochicken - May 10, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      It must be desperately lonely for you up on your enormously self righteous and tall, tall horse.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        You are a brave chicken, taunting such an angry grizzly dad.

  2. schmedley69 - May 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    He also sprained his beard when his jaw dropped and hit the table when he opened his last paycheck. He’s still shocked that someone was willing to pay him that much. Good work, Rizzo.

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