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.