Outfielder Jayson Werth has been placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16, with a left wrist contusion, the Nationals announced on Tuesday.
Werth sustained the injury when he was hit by a 92 mph fastball from Odrisamer Despaigne in the second inning of last Friday's game against the San Diego Padres.
The trip to the DL will be Werth's second of the season. The outfielder missed the first nine games of the year recovering from offseason AC joint surgery.
In 27 games this season, Werth has hit 21-for-101 (.208) with two doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI, 12 walks, and 17 runs scored.
In response to Werth's injury, Washington recalled infielder Wilmer Difo, the 2014 South Atlantic League (Single-A) Most Valuable Player, from Double-A Harrisburg. As part of the Nationals’ 40-man roster during Spring Training, Difo hit .318 with one double, one triple, four RBI and one walk in 13 games.
- Jake Fischer