PITTSBURGH -- The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman off the 15-day disabled list this afternoon and placed Jayson Werth on it, having their two highest-paid players swap roster spots entering tonight's series opener against the Pirates.
Zimmerman will be in the lineup for tonight's game at PNC Park, his first appearance since April 20 against the Marlins. Inflammation of his right shoulder had sidelined the veteran third baseman since then.
Werth, meanwhile, was placed on the DL with a broken left wrist, an injury sustained while trying to make a sliding catch of a sinking liner during the sixth inning of Sunday night's game against the Phillies.
The veteran right fielder underwent surgery yesterday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He's expected to resume strengthening exercises in six weeks and could return to the Nationals' lineup in roughly 12 weeks.
Though Werth will be out for an extended period of time, the Nationals chose to place him on the 15-day DL for now. They could transfer him to the 60-day DL at some point, a move that would open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth hit a tying two-run homer, Chris Heisey drove in the go-ahead run, and the Washington Nationals scored five runs off former teammate Felipe Rivero in the eighth inning to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-7 on Sunday.
Clint Robinson added an RBI single and Pedro Severino drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Rivero (1-5) had allowed just four earned runs in his previous 25 innings since being traded to the Pirates.
Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run homer off Koda Glover to give the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but Glover (3-0) got the win with the Nationals' offensive outburst the following half inning.
Former Pirates closer Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 43rd save.
With the division title clinched the night before, it seemed the Nationals were poised for an uneventful series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.
That wasn't to be, as the two clubs engaged in a benches clearing altercation in the bottom of the third inning. The tension started in the top of the frame, when Bryce Harper was injured while sliding to third base on a triple. The Nats took exception to Pirates third baseman Jung-ho Kang faking a tag on Harper, which may have led to the injury.
So when Nats starter A.J. Cole threw behind Kang in the bottom of the inning, the near-fracas was ignited.
Cole was immediately ejected from the game, benches cleared, and each side exchanged words. The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez was also ejected from the game.