The word out of Oakland late on Sunday was that while there wasn’t any serious injury, Jayson Werth didn’t look good after fouling a ball off his foot on Saturday night. Werth was reportedly getting around on crutches.
“Not good,” Dusty Baker said when asked about his outfielder’s foot.
“That’s the same toe that he fouled the ball off a month ago and I think he missed three or four days then, so he’s not looking good.
“The X-rays were negative, but he’s on crutches and so, it’s not looking good for now.”
Werth didn’t rule out the possibility on Sunday when he spoke to reporters after the Nats’ loss on Saturday.
“I’ve got to see how I wake up,” Werth said. “Usually if it swells up, then it’s going to be tough, but if it doesn’t swell up it should be alright.”
Werth didn’t play in the series finale with the A’s, and after Baker’s comments in his post game interview, it seemed likely that the Nationals would likely make a move.
This afternoon, Washington placed the 38-year-old outfielder on the 10-Day DL with what was described as a left foot contusion and the Nationals selected the contract of veteran infielder Ryan Raburn, the 36-year-old, seven-year veteran who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later on May 26th.
In 33 games with the White Sox and Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate this season, Raburn has put up a .274/.389/.443 line with four doubles and four home runs.
Through 47 games and 196 plate appearances this season, Werth has a .262/.367/.446 line with five doubles and eight home runs.
Baker will likely have more information on Werth’s foot when he speaks to reporters tonight before the start of the Nats’ three-game set with the Dodgers in LA.
[ed. note - “In addition to Werth landing on the DL and Raburn being selected, the Nationals also designated right-handed reliever Rafael Martin for assignment.”]