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.
Werth activated, starting in CF tonight. Henry Rodriguez to DL with back injury.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) August 2, 2012
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.
Davey said was ready to option Tyler Moore to AAA to let him play every day, will now try to keep him fresh here.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) August 2, 2012