We are barely a week into the 2019 MLB season and the Washington Nationals have already lost one of their stars for a considerable chunk of time.
Trea Turner took a 92 mph fastball off his right hand while attempting to bunt in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s home loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He exited the game shortly after to have X-rays, leaving Wilmer Difo to finish off his at-bat. Those scans revealed shortly after that the shortstop had suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. The Nats placed Turner on the 10-day injured list the next day.
There is currently no timetable for when Turner can return to action.
“It’s a big loss,” manager Dave Martinez said after the game. “He’s our starting shortstop. But we’ve got to keep going.”
Turner is no stranger to taking fastballs off his hands. In 2017, he missed two months of playing time with a wrist injury suffered after taking a Pedro Stop fastball to his hands.
“Anytime you lose your starting shortstop for an extended period of time, especially a player as talented as
Turner was enjoying early success in 2019, batting .357 with two home runs and four stolen bases over the Nats’ first three games. He also recorded a major league record-tying three steals on Opening Day.
To replace Turner on the club’s roster, the Nats called up infielder Adrian Fresno from Triple-A Fresno.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.