Nationals right-hander Kelvin Herrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot, the club announced Monday. Right-hander Ryan Madson was reinstated from the 10-day DL in a corresponding move.
The timing of the injury could hardly be worse for either Herrera or the Nationals. The 28-year-old Herrera was fresh off the disabled list for an unrelated shoulder issue when he incurred his foot injury over the weekend and is just weeks away from his first crack at free agency.
It’s not yet clear how long Herrera will need to get back to full health or just what his outlook is. Of course, it’s all but certain he’ll miss the rest of the season, as Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com notes on Twitter. Herrera is headed for a second opinion before deciding on a course of treatment.
Generally, Lisfranc injuries aren’t all that quick to heal. Neither are they always straightforward. Issues with that particular ligament played a role in the downturn of the career of Chien-Ming Wang, for example, though there’s really no indication that the cases are analogous.
Hopefully, Herrera will be able to rest up over the winter and enter the spring ready for a full camp. Even in the best case, though, his free-agent outlook is not as promising as it was when the Nats dealt for him in mid-June. As the injuries woes have arisen, Herrera has struggled on the mound. He carries a 4.34 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in his 18 2/3 frames with the D.C. organization.
As for the Nationals, they’ve already sold off veterans Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams this month, and Herrera stood out as a reasonable candidate to be dealt in exchange for some prospect help between now and Friday’s postseason eligibility deadline. Instead, it’s another negative turn in a bitterly disappointing season. Washington will owe Herrera the balance of his $7,937,500 salary.