Washington Nationals outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a ruptured right bicep, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The news comes as a surprise because Heisey was slotted to start tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles in left field and may have injured himself during batting practice today.
“If the bicep tore from his shoulder area, Heisey should be back in about four weeks,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University, said. “However, if his bicep tore from his elbow area, Heisey will need surgery and will be out four to six months.”
Heisey’s injury should not be a big hit to any fantasy team, as the outfielder is owned in just .1 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, and with a .128 batting average, one home run and three runs batted in, there was little reason for owning Heisey in the first place.
However, Heisey’s absence comes further at the expense of the Nationals’ outfielder corps. Combined with the loss of Adam Eaton for the season with a torn ACL, Washington now only has four of its six outfielders from its opening day 25-man roster, and it is not even June yet.
Keep an eye out for Jayson Werth, who is now making his 17th-straight and was supposed to be getting an off day in left field today. Although Werth is batting .286 with seven home runs and 15 runs batted in, he has been slowing down the past week. In his past 19 at-bats, Werth only has two hits, and his 38-year old body may be catching up with little time to rest.
Veteran Adam Lind may also get more opportunities at the plate. In limited time this season, Lind has impressed at the plate, as he is hitting at a .333 clip with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. But Lind has always been unreliable in the field and was featured primarily as a designated hitter in the American League, which may limit his time on the field, especially if Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker cannot trust his glove.
In response to the ailment, Washington called up Brian Goodwin from Triple A to serve as a reserve outfielder. Goodwin has bounced back and forth from Triple A to Washington this season, and in 17 plate appearances, is batting just .188 with two runs batted in.