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Nationals' Jayson Werth Placed on 10-Day DL with Foot Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

Washington Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) looks at the scoreboard after a play during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon/Associated Press

The Washington Nationals have placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left foot, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post and Mark Zuckerman MASN Sports. 

The injury occurred after Werth fouled a pitch off his foot in Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics, according to Janes, forcing him to eventually leave the game. 

He was then seen on crutches on Sunday. Janes noted that the injury isn't considered serious, however:

"X-rays on Werth’s toe were negative, and the team does not have long-term concerns about the injury. But the initial sense is that Werth will need to miss four or five days with the trouble, and given that he had already missed one, the Nationals decided to place him on the 10-day disabled list to avoid playing short and give him ample time to recover."

Ryan Raburn was called up from AAA in a corresponding move.

As Janes noted, Raburn was given the start in left field for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He'll be expected to pick up the slack in left field while Werth remains out of action, along with Brian Goodwin and Adam Lind.

Werth, 38, is hitting .262 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 47 games. After struggling to stay on the field in 2015, he had a strong 2016, blasting 21 homers and 69 RBI, and looked to be replicating that form again in 2017.

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