On Sunday afternoon against the Mets, Nationals reliever Kelvin Herrera had to be carted off the field due to an apparent foot injury. The Nationals found out on Monday that Herrera has a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot and placed on him on the 10-day disabled list, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. The Lisfranc ligament connects several bones in the foot.
Herrera suffered the injury trying to field a weakly hit ball from José Bautista that went to the right of the pitcher’s mound. Herrera was able to record the out and the Nationals went on to win 15-0.
The Nationals acquired the 28-year-old Herrera from the Royals back in June. Between both teams, the right-hander owns a 2.44 ERA with a 38/10 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.
Fellow reliever Ryan Madson was activated from the 10-day disabled list to take Herrera’s spot on the active roster.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.