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Nationals place Jayson Werth on the disabled list with wrist injury

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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.

The Nationals are expected to call up prospect Wilmer Difo

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Jayson Werth has a bum wrist and is expected to be placed on the disabled list. Not that interesting. More interesting? The guy they expect to take his place on the 25-man roster: top prospect Wilmer Difo.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nats are expected to promote Difo, who has only played 33 games above low A-ball. The infielder, who is 23, is as fast as anything and hit 14 homers last year. You can read a scouting report from the Baseball Prospectus folks here. Short version: he projects to be a good everyday shortstop for a contender someday.

What he is today is less-than-clear, at least on the Nationals. He has mostly played shortstop, but the Nats are unlikely to sit Ian Desmond. Danny Espinosa has hit really well. There has been talk of the Nats trading Desmond, but at the moment things are going well for the club. Maybe they’re concerned Anthony Rendon is never, ever coming back from the series of unfortunate events he seems to be suffering through.

Either way, and exciting prospect is heading to the bigs.


Jayson Werth out of Nationals’ lineup with “cranky” shoulder

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Jayson Werth, who started the season on the disabled list following January shoulder surgery and has hit .176 since returning, is out of the Nationals lineup for the second straight game with a “cranky” shoulder.

That’s according to manager Matt Williams, who has rookie Michael Taylor starting in Werth’s place against the Marlins. Washington has Thursday off, which means Werth will get three days off before rejoining the lineup Friday versus Atlanta.

Werth hit .292 with an .849 OPS last season, but in addition to hitting just .176 with zero homers in 19 games this season Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that he “has looked less than comfortable at times in left field.” Taylor’s presence means there’s little incentive for the Nationals to rush Werth back, but turning away from him completely is unlikely given how good he was in 2014 and the fact that he’s still owed about $60 million through 2017.

Michael Taylor is back with the Nationals, in a backup role

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Michael Taylor began the season as the Nationals’ starting center fielder, but once Denard Span returned from the disabled list they sent the 24-year-old prospect to Triple-A.

Taylor is back in the majors now but this time it’ll be in a part-time role, as the Nationals have recalled him from Triple-A to replace injured backup outfielder Reed Johnson on the roster.

Span, Bryce Harper, and Jayson Werth are all healthy, so it’ll be interesting to see what type of plan manager Matt Williams has for getting Taylor some playing time. It’s also possible that he’s only around for a short-term solution until the Nationals can find another veteran to take Johnson’s role.

Before being sent back to the minors Taylor hit .271 with two homers and an .814 OPS in 12 games for the Nationals and he went 10-for-26 (.385) with a homer in eight games at Triple-A.

If the Phillies’ losing continues, Jonathan Papelbon will be disappointed if he’s not traded

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There’s no denying Jonathan Papelbon is a fierce competitor.

The five-time All-Star signed a $50 million contract with the Phillies back in 2011 because he felt he had a good chance to win baseball games and compete for a World Series.

But if you have listened closely to the Phillies’ outspoken closer, who is four saves away from breaking the club’s all-time record in that category, it’s clear he’s doesn’t think that’s possible with their current lineup.

In fact, Papelbon wants out. He thinks he can help a contending team win a championship, and said he will be disappointed if the Phillies are unable to move him this season.

“Yeah, I will be,” Papelbon said in an interview with CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury. “If we continue to lose.

“If we can rebuild this situation and make it right, and we can get some wins underneath our belt and Ryne Sandberg can get us going, that’s a whole different story. To me, that’s a better part of the story because now I’ve been a part of this remodeling. I’ve been a part of getting this bullpen correct. I’ve been a part of something that’s becoming a winning tradition and going back to the way it was before I got here. To me, there’s no better reward than that.”

Papelbon has never been afraid to speak his mind. He doesn’t care what fans think about him, either. Right now, his only concern is closing out games.

The 34-year-old, however, raised eyebrows earlier this month when he said he doesn’t “feel much like a Phillie” and pined for his old club, the Boston Red Sox.

“I’m not here to be disrespectful,” Papelbon said. “I’m not gonna sit here and give you the old cliche ‘we’re gonna try to do good, hopefully everything turns out good.’ That’s just not me, that’s not how I pitch, that’s not who I am. What I meant is, when my career is all said and done, like we were talking about earlier, I’m gonna look back and feel like I was part of a Red Sox franchise more than I was with the Phillies. Just like Jayson Werth would probably say he’s more of a Phillie than a National.”

Still, Papelbon has no regrets about his decision to come to Philadelphia.

“No, no regrets,” he said. “I signed here. These guys gave me the largest contract in baseball history for a closer. Yeah, it’s frustrating when you come here and you expect certain things, and my competitiveness is such a high level, when that doesn’t happen and you put so much into it and you don’t get what you necessarily want out of it, yeah I say that’s frustrating. That’s frustrating for anyone. I think I just tend to be more vocal about it and that’s it.”

Papelbon also made it clear he’s not interested in playing another season clouded by trade rumors. If it’s possible, he wants to get a deal done.

“I will be disappointed if this continues to happen,” he said.

What’s this?

“If we continue to do the same things as we’ve done the last couple years with me, where we try to do something and get something done with me and then nothing still happens.”

Papelbon is off to a strong start to the 2015 season. In six appearances, he’s allowed just one hit, no walks and has struck out six batters. He’s also converted all three of his save attempts.

So, if given the opportunity, could Papelbon capture a second World Series title before his career comes to a close?

“Yeah, 100 percent,” he said. “That’s what I come to work for every single day.”