According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post and multiple reports, Washington Nationals’ infielder Trea Turner has been diagnosed with a non-displaced broken right-wrist during the seventh inning of Thursday’s loss against the Chicago Cubs.
He continued to stay in the game to run the bases after he was hit by a pitch from reliever Cubs’ reliever Pedro Strop. Turner took a pitch on the wrist which loaded the bases, but remained on the basepaths until the inning came to an end. He was replaced at shortstop an inning later when Stephen Drew took over in the infield.
After the game Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker talked to reporters. He didn’t seem too worried about Turner’s wrist, though he did say that the 23-year-old infielder had X-rays on the wrist once he was removed from the game.
“There’s no way to tell. When I looked at it, it wasn’t swollen or whatever, so I don’t know if that’s a good sign or bad sign.” – Dusty Baker on Trea Turner HBP on right-wrist
Turner has a .279/.324/.422 line, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 53 runs scored and 32 runs batted in. He also has 35 stolen bases, which leads the league.
There is no time timetable for his return, but could hear something this weekend. Wilmer Difo or Stephen Drew are options to replace him while he’s gone, but both will not provide the offensive spark Turner possesses.
To make matters even worse, the Nationals bullpen gave up yet another lead in the late innings. Their bullpen posts a 4.91 ERA through 79 games this year — which is good for 29th in all of baseball.
You know its pretty bad when reliever Matt Albers is your best option to get outs in your bullpen. The 34-year-old veteran has a 1.82 ERA, which is his best in his career so far. Washington still needs help and its not going to come from signing Francisco Rodriguez and Kevin Jepsen to minor league deals.