Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is nothing if not an optimist.
Rizzo and the Nationals confirmed Sunday that outfielder Adam Eaton suffered a “full thickness” tear of the ACL in his left knee while running to first base during Friday’s game, as well as a torn meniscus and high ankle sprain.
It’s estimated that Eaton faces a six-to-nine month recovery following surgery, meaning the 28-year-old’s 2017 season is likely finished. But Rizzo refused to rule out a quicker return depending on how the surgery goes, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. A date for Eaton’s surgery has not been scheduled.
The GM added that he’s “comfortable” replacing Eaton internally rather than looking at a trade, according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
Eaton, acquired in a blockbuster winter trade from the Chicago White Sox for three top prospects, was in the midst of a stellar debut month in Washington, posting a .854 OPS with 10 extra-base hits and three stolen bases through his first 23 games in a Nationals uniform.