Thursday, May 9, 2013
Rendon for Werth?
By Jason A. Churchill
The two players, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Weth, play completely different positions, but it's one of the first questions I thought of when I learned Werth was headed for an MRI on his hamstring. The Washington Nationals have five outfielders on the active roster, including Werth, and could conceivably get by with four for a few weeks if Werth has to hit the disabeld list. What the club might do to get Rendon on the field, however, isn't as clear, perhaps mucking up the possibility they'd recall the former first-round pick to fill the roster spot.
Rendon is a third baseman without experience in the outfield, and unless the club wants to bench Ryan Zimmerman -- not happening -- or Adam LaRoche, more possible, but still not likely, Rendon wouldn't likely play much. The club finishes its last interleague game until May 27 Thursday afternoon, so using the designated hitter isn't an option, either.
It seems more likely that if Werth hits the DL, the Nationals will call on Eury Perez, the lone healthy outfielder in Triple-A Syracuse who is on the 40-man roster. He does run well and is batting .330 on the year, but the fact that he can manage in center field may be the key.