Nationals activate SS Trea Turner after blank dual months with damaged wrist

Trea Turner hasn’t played with a Nationals given Jun 29, when he fractured his wrist after being strike by a pitch. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

The common recuperating of a Washington Nationals continued Tuesday when a organisation activated shortstop Trea Turner from a 60-day infirm list — and Manager Dusty Baker immediately wrote him in to a tip symbol in his lineup. If a Nationals and Miami Marlins play — and a day of drenching sleet competence rinse a diversion out — Turner will be heading off and personification shortstop for a initial time given Jun 29.

That day, Turner took a representation off a wrist from Cubs’ reliever Pedro Strop in his final at-bat of a four-game array in that he went 6 for 14 and stole 7 bases. The Nationals have lacked their unchanging leadoff male ever since, piecing lineups together with a multiple of Michael A. Taylor, Brian Goodwin (who has also given left on a DL), Wilmer Difo and others.

That organisation gathered a .297 on-base commission and a .757 on-base and slugging (OPS) in a dual months though Turner. At a time of his injury, Turner — who looked to be usually anticipating his stroke after a delayed start — had an on-base commission of .324 and an OPS of .746. He had also stolen 35 bases, a symbol that is still third in baseball.

“[Turner] gives we speed, and he gives we a hazard of speed. The hazard of speed will get him improved pitches, and once he gets on base, a hazard of speed will get a guys behind him improved pitches,” Baker said. “Any time a pitcher has to worry about Trea and a batter, they’re bursting their concentration. Any time we can separate someone’s thoroughness contra usually focusing on a hitter, you’ll be some-more good to hang something. He can confuse you. He’s a force.”

Turner was not a force in his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse and Class A Potomac. Asked because he didn’t take some-more bases there, Turner pronounced “I didn’t get on bottom much.” He went 2 for 21 with 7 strikeouts in 7 rehab games. Often, wrist injuries can yield astonishing difficulty to hitters anticipating for rapid recovery. Wrist strength is apparently essential to a hitter, and Turner had not been means to do many strengthening with that damaged wrist until it healed totally — let alone strike with it. How fast Turner regains full strength will expected establish how fast he is means to reestablish his timing, and with it, his production.

“I’m kind of astounded it’s felt as good as it has,” Turner said. ” … I’ve been means to do a lot of exercises given I’ve started hitting. we don’t even consider about it. I’m vehement to get behind out there and play some games.”

The damaged wrist cost Turner 51 games, usually reduction than a third of a season, and left a Nationals though a 24-year-old who was a finalist in rookie of a year voting final season. His lapse should concede Baker to revive a some-more informed lineup, yet in a soppy conditions Tuesday, conjunction Jayson Werth nor Michael A. Taylor were scheduled to play. The Nationals outfield will be an unusual multiple of Adam Lind, Alejandro De Aza and Wilmer Difo, from right to left.

Turner’s lapse bumps Difo from bland shortstop duties, a pursuit during that he excelled adequate to inspire a Nationals about his intensity as an bland infield choice in a future. Difo strike .324 with an .801 OPS in Turner’s absence, and will now have to find innings elsewhere, expected spelling infielders like Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon.

With Difo behind in a backup infielder’s role, Adrian Sanchez was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to transparent a register symbol for Turner. Sanchez will expected lapse 10 days from now, when rosters expand. The Nationals placed Ryan Raburn on a 60-day infirm list with his stretched right trapezius muscle, one from that he was recuperating easily as of progressing this week, though that will now cost him many of a rest of a deteriorate given his infirm list army began Jul 26.

But a Nationals have their shortstop back, a subsequent in a prolonged line of harmed players to work their approach behind into a lineup. He, Jayson Werth, and Taylor have all returned from blank estimable time. Ryan Madson is set to react a organisation in Milwaukee, where he will be evaluated and given a devise for his return, that a Nationals wholeheartedly design will be before October. Bryce Harper is relocating around well, if not display signs of approaching ball activity. He is a usually square of their Opening Day lineup that stays out.


Trea Turner SS

Alejandro De Aza CF

Daniel Murphy 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 1B

Adam Lind LF

Anthony Rendon 3B

Matt Wieters C

Wilmer Difo SS

Edwin Jackson P


Dee Gordon 2B

Giancarlo Stanton RF

Christian Yelich CF

Marcell Ozuna LF

J.T. Realmuto C

Derek Dietrich 3B

Tomas Telis 1B

Miguel Rojas SS

Vance Worley P


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