This one hurts. Really hurts. Not only did the Washington Nationals lose another game in the bullpen in the series finale with the Chicago Cubs, but they lost apparently lost Trea Turner to a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist according to multiple reports after today’s game.
Turner stayed in the game to run the bases after he was hit by a pitch from reliever Cubs’ reliever Pedro Strop in the midst of the Nationals’ seventh-inning rally this afternoon.
Turner took a pitch on the wrist that loaded the bases, and remained on the basepaths until the inning came to an end, but he was replaced at shortstop an inning later with Stephen Drew taking over in the infield.
When Dusty Baker talked to reporters after the game, he didn’t seem too concerned about Turner’s wrist, though he did explain that the 23-year-old infielder, who turns 24 years old tomorrow, had X-rays on the wrist once he was removed from the game.
“Trea went in for some X-rays,” Baker said, “cause it hit him on the wrist, and so I haven’t heard anything yet on the X-rays, so he’ll probably be sore for a couple days.”
Asked if it looked bad, Baker said, “... there’s no way to tell. When I looked at it, it wasn’t swollen or whatever, so I don’t know if that’s a good sign or bad sign.”
Shortly after Baker spoke, however, reports in the nation’s capital said that Turner suffered a broken wrist.
Trea Turner has a non displaced fracture in his right wrist. #Nats— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) June 30, 2017
Trea Turner has a broken right wrist. No timetable for a return.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 30, 2017
Through 68 games and 315 plate appearances, the shortstop, who went 1 for 2 with a walk and stolen base this afternoon, has a .279/.324/.422 line, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 53 runs scored and 35 stolen bases.
Wilmer Difo or Drew could take over at short while Turner is out, but neither is likely to provide what Turner did to the Nationals’ lineup.
There is no softening this blow. It hurts. Really hurts.
Turner on non-displaced fracture on right wrist-"It sucks. Trying to have a good at bat there and you wish it hit you in the back or arm."— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) June 30, 2017