Update: Werth placed on DL with a 1-2 week RTP or in the case of a more severe bone bruise 2-4 weeks RTP
Jayson Werth was removed from Saturday’s game against the A’s after fouling a ball off of his left foot. The 38-year-old is expected to take a couple games off while his foot heals.
“If it is just a contusion, he should be day-to-day,” Fantasy Doctor Dr. Selene Parekh M.D. said. “He is likely to return within the week.”
Werth was sitting in a very comfortable second spot in the order, hitting in front of Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. The veteran has remained fantasy relevant into the later part of his career and 2017 has been no different. He has eight home runs, 18 RBI, four stolen bases and is batting .262. He should be stashed on most benches in fantasy leagues because his absence is expected to be brief.
Werth’s injury opens up playing time in left field for Adam Lind, who has played two games at the position this year. He is no Jim Edmonds in the outfield, but Lind is the way to go if the Nationals are looking to maintain Werth’s run production. Lind had been hitting out of his mind in the few at-bats he has gotten in the crowded Nationals lineup. He is batting .344 with four home runs and 20 RBI in just 61 at-bats. Not a bad bat to have come off the bench. Lind will be a cheap option in daily leagues and is thriving whenever he gets at-bats.
Brian Goodwin could also earn a start or two in the outfield if Dusty Baker wants to go with more of a defensive option in left field, though Lind seems inclined to take up most of the playing time in left. Goodwin is batting .303 with one home run and five RBI in his just 33 at-bats this season. He hit 14 home runs while batting .280 while playing for the team’s Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs in 2016. But he is seens as second fiddle to Lind.
Washington is not going to miss a beat while Werth is on the shelf. Lind will fill-in just fine and Bryce Harper is returning to the lineup. This lineup is perhaps the top offense in the National League, losing one player for a few days is not going to derail this train.