Nationals Place Henry Rodriguez On DL, Activate Jayson Werth

Apr 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) singles during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Before Thursday's game against the Phillies, the Washington Nationals placed right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, as reported by Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington. The move opened up a spot on the team's 25-man roster, though, which the team used to activate Jayson Werth and remove the outfielder off the disabled list.

The 25-year-old Rodriguez can throw hard and miss bats, but he is unable to command the strike zone whatsoever. In 29 1/3 innings of work, Rodriguez has posted a 5.83 ERA, 9.5 K/9 and 6.8 BB/9.

Werth played on Thursday for the first time since breaking his wrist against the Phillies on May 6. He started in center and batted sixth in the team's 3-0 win over Philadelphia.

The team was ready to option first baseman/outfielder Tyle Moore to Class Triple-A and allow him to play everyday, but it seems they were unsure of how bad Rodriguez's back was.

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