Adam Eaton led off in 119 games for Chicago last season, posting a .276/.360/.421 line in that role and a .302/.378/.528 line, five doubles, two triples and five homers as the first batter of the game for the White Sox in 2016.
With Trea Turner leading off for the Nationals through the first five games this season, however, Eaton’s been penciled in the two-spot by Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker.
Turner injured his hamstring last night though, and as Baker explained after the 17-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the shortstop is going to miss some time.
“It will probably be a couple days,” the Nats’ manager said. “I don’t think he pulled it too badly.”
“It was a hamstring, but they said there’s no defect in the muscle,” Baker explained, “but it was tight, and it was cold, so hopefully we’ll have him back in a couple days.”
With Turner unavailable, Eaton is atop the Nationals’ lineup today for the series finale with the Phillies.
Over the course of his career, the speedy 28-year-old outfielder has a .285/.359/.416 line as a leadoff man. Not a bad alternative for the Nationals.
With Turner out for now, Baker is going with Stephen Drew at short this afternoon for the series finale with the Phillies.
Stephen Strasburg gets the start as the Nationals try to take the three-game set after winning the series opener and dropping last night’s game.
Strasburg went seven strong on Opening Day against Miami, holding the Marlins to six hits and two earned runs in an 85-pitch effort on the mound in the nation’s capital.
In six career starts in Citizens Bank Park, Strasburg is (2-0) with a 1.22 ERA, six walks and 28 Ks in 37 innings, over which he’s held Philly hitters to a .168/.210/.229 line.
Here’s how the Nationals are lining up for today’s series finale: