Werth’s left foot suffered quite a blow Saturday, so he went on the disabled list Monday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — The Nationals placed veteran outfielder Jayson Werth on the 10-day disabled list Monday after he fouled a pitch off his left foot in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game against the Athletics. While the 38-year-old finished that at-bat — with a line drive to right, no less — he exited the game soon after and was on crutches by Sunday.

He will be replaced by fellow veteran Ryan Raburn, a 36-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder the team acquired from the White Sox in mid-May for this very scenario. Raburn met the team in Los Angeles later on Monday and is in the lineup for the series-opener against the Dodgers, batting second and playing left field against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Right-handed reliever Rafael Martin, a 33-year-old who appeared in 21 games for the Nationals in his career, was designated for assignment to clear room for Raburn on the 40-man roster.

X-rays on Werth’s left big toe were negative, and the team does not have long-term concerns about the injury. But the initial sense is that Werth will need to miss four or five days with the trouble, and given that he had already missed one, the Nationals decided to place him on the 10-day disabled list to avoid playing short and to give him ample time to recover.

“Last time it was like three days. And this time it could be longer. Last time he wasn’t on crutches,” Dusty Baker said. “When you injure something, usually it takes longer the second time. So we could backdate it one day. And hopefully he’ll be right eight more days from now.”

Werth was hitting .262 at the time of the injury, stabilizing the second spot in the lineup. The Nationals will now have to fill that spot with someone else. On days Werth rested earlier this year, Baker often decided against disrupting the middle of his order — in other words, against moving Anthony Rendon to that second spot — in favor of putting Werth’s replacement in that spot.

Raburn played 113 games for the Rockies last season, but has not yet appeared in the majors this season. The Nationals now have four true outfielders on their roster, Raburn, Michael A. Taylor, Brian Goodwin, and Bryce Harper, and will likely split left field duties between Raburn, Goodwin, and Adam Lind in Werth’s absence.

“I was kind of expecting it. Usually that’s what they always do. They call a guy up, throw him right in the fire. That’s usually what happens,” Raburn said. “If I can just help this ballclub any way that I can, that’s a plus. Cause this is a great group of guys.”

NATIONALS
Trea Turner SS
Ryan Raburn LF
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Daniel Murphy 2B
Anthony Rendon 3B
Matt Wieters C
Michael A. Taylor CF
Gio Gonzalez P

DODGERS
Logan Forsythe 3B
Corey Seager SS
Chris Taylor 2B
Franklin Gutierrez LF
Enrique Hernandez 1B
Austin Barnes C
Yasiel Puig RF
Brett Eibner CF
Hyun-Jin Ryu P