With Trea Turner on the 10-Day DL with a right hamstring strain, the last thing the Washington Nationals needed was an injury to one of their backup infielders.
Turner was placed on the DL, retroactive to 4/9, after injuring his hamstring Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Last night in the nation’s capital, Stephen Drew injured his hamstring running out a grounder to first.
Dusty Baker talked to reporters after the Nationals’ 8-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals about the status of his bench bat and utility man.
“Stephen is so-so,” Baker said. “We’ll find out more tomorrow, so we’ll let you know tomorrow.”
This afternoon, the Nats placed Drew on the 10-Day DL as well, with a right hamstring strain and the Nationals selected Grant Green’s contract, calling the veteran infielder up from Triple-A Syracuse.
Green, 29, signed a minor league deal with the Nationals this winter and went 6 for 37 with two doubles and a home run in Grapefruit League action.
He’s 2 for 13 with a double and six Ks in four games with the Nationals’ top minor league affiliate so far.
As for Drew, who was 4 for 18 with a double before he got injured last night?
“His spike caught when he was leaving the box,” Baker said. “I didn’t really see it, but I could tell by the look and the grimace on his face that he hurt it pretty badly.”
Being without Turner and Drew at this point is obviously less than ideal.
“You’ve got two out of your three shortstops that are down,” Baker continued.
“The shortstop that took Trea’s place is now injured. So they’re both injured so we just got to do whatever we can, hopefully score as many runs as we can to try to offset that until Trea comes back because he’s more advanced right now than Stephen is.”