In seven games and 34 plate appearances batting first for the Washington Nationals with Trea Turner (hamstring) on the 10-Day Disabled List, new Nats’ center fielder Adam Eaton is 11 for 30 (.367/.412/.467) with three doubles, three walks and five Ks.
Eaton is now 3 for 7 in the first at bats of those games, and in his career, the 28-year-old, six-year veteran has a .286/.360/.417 line batting first in the various lineups he’s been part of with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and the Nationals.
So what will the Nats do when Turner returns at some point in the next few days?
It has been ten days since the 23-year-old shortstop went on the DL, and as GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this morning, Turner is down in West Palm Beach, FL, working to get back up to game speed before he returns.
“Through abundance of caution we sent him to West Palm to get some at bats in so he doesn’t go in cold,” Rizzo explained.
“His hamstring is 100% now, he went through all the protocols and that’s what gave him the opportunity to send him down to West Palm.
“Obviously the weather was a big factor in sending him down to West Palm.
“He can get as many at bats in a short amount of time as he wants to and that was really important for me.”
Turner was just 3 for 19 (.158/.158/.211) before he injured his hamstring.
Do the Nats put him back up top in the leadoff spot when he returns, or do they move him down and allow him to get going and leave Eaton as the leadoff man?
I know, lineup questions, right? But this is a lineup post...
Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for the second of three with the Braves: