MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported last night that Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth did have an MRI on Monday which revealed no fractures/breaks or ligament damage in his left wrist:
A baseball source said Jayson Werth had an MRI on Monday and it confirmed that there was no fracture or ligament damage in the left wrist.— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 19, 2015
It's not known if Jayson Werth is going on the disabled list. I'll have more on http://t.co/yGl1p8YlC7.— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 19, 2015
Werth told reporters this past weekend in San Diego that he wasn't sure if he would have to go on the Disabled List, but as Washington Post writer James Wagner quoted Werth explaining, he didn't want to leave the Nationals shorthanded if he was unable to return to the lineup:
"'It’s tough because I don’t want this team to play short if I’m not available,' he said. 'But I don’t want to go on the DL either.'"
As of last night there was no decision made as to whether or not Werth would end up on the DL, but multiple reports this morning now say he is headed for a DL stint with Nationals' prospect Wilmer Difo getting the call to replace him on the roster:
Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 19, 2015
I'm hearing through industry source. Werth to DL and Wilmer Difo called up #Nats— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) May 19, 2015
Werth was hit by a pitch in Friday night's game against the San Diego Padres in Petco Park.
Padres' pitcher Odrasimer Despaigne came way inside with a 92 mph heater and caught Werth flush on the left wrist.
Though he took his base and remained in the game through the Nationals' half of the inning, Werth was replaced in the outfield when the Nats retook the field.
Werth started the season on the DL after having surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder this winter.
Through 27 games since he returned, Werth has put up a .208/.294/.287 line with two doubles and two home runs in 119 plate appearances.
Difo, 23, started the season as the top-rated infielder on Baseball America's list of the Top 10 prospects in the Nats' organization after a breakout year at Low-A Hagerstown in which he put up a .315/.360/.470 line with 31 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 136 games and 610 PAs.
After starting the 2015 campaign at High-A Potomac, where he put up a .320/.386/.533 line with seven doubles and three home runs in 19 games and 83 PAs, Difo was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg where he has posted a .308/.339/.500 line in 14 games and 56 PAs.
The Washington Post's James Wagner is citing a source now as well who says Difo is on his way up:
Nats calling up INF Wilmer Difo from Class AA Harrisburg, per a source. Could send Jayson Werth to DL to rest wrist. @Ken_Rosenthal first.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 19, 2015
How Difo will be used is a big question. He's played 282 of 389 minor league games at short, 94 at second and 13 at third base. Will he just be used as a bench bat and pinch runner? As an outfielder? Speculate away...