Washington has placed left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list with a left wrist contusion, which is the corresponding move that convinced the Nationals to call up 23-year-old infield prospect Wilmer Difo well ahead of schedule.
Werth was hit on the wrist by a pitch Friday and no structural damage was discovered during an MRI exam, but he’ll be shut down for at least two weeks.
Despite calling up Difo from Double-A the Nationals figure to use Michael Taylor as Werth’s replacement. He previously filled in for Denard Span in center field and has hit .250 with three homers and a .740 OPS in 26 games overall as a 24-year-old rookie.
Werth, who missed the first week of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, heads back to the disabled list with a .208 batting average and .581 OPS in 27 games this year.
Philadelphia’s outfield will be crowded whenever the Phillies decide to recall Cody Asche and Domonic Brown from Triple-A and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that scouts from other teams are “tracking” Ben Revere for a potential trade.
Revere was shifted to left field so the Phillies could use Odubel Herrera in center field and he simply doesn’t offer enough offensive upside to be a corner outfielder. Revere is a career .290 hitter with 50-steal speed, but his complete lack of power and walk-drawing ability have led to a .323 on-base percentage and .341 slugging percentage.
Tiny, slap-hitting corner outfielders who can’t crack a .700 OPS tend not to stick around long, but if teams view Revere as a plus defender in center field he could still have some value to them at age 27. He’s making $4.1 million this season and under team control via arbitration through 2017.
Victor Martinez returned from February knee surgery in time for Opening Day and has played 34 of 39 games for the Tigers, but he’s clearly looked less than full strength and now he’s “likely” headed to the disabled list according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
Last season Martinez hit .335 with 32 homers and a .974 OPS, striking out just 42 times in 641 plate appearances on the way to finishing runner-up in the MVP voting. This season Martinez has hit .216 with one homer and a .578 OPS, striking out 13 times in 130 plate appearances. That includes a rare three-strikeout game last week as part of Martinez’s current 0-for-13 stretch.
Certainly plenty of 36-year-olds simply decline, so it’s possible age has played a part in Martinez’s plummeting production, but just from watching his at-bats it seems clear that he’s having trouble putting weight on his surgically repaired knee. Detroit re-signed Martinez to a four-year, $68 million contract this offseason, so they’re betting big on him avoiding an age-related decline and have lots of motivation to take a long-term approach to his health by shutting him down for a while.