It wasn’t a pretty Thursday afternoon for the Washington Nationals and its fans.
Starting pitcher Joe Ross saw his solid outing go to waste when the bullpen (Blake Treinen} allowed the Chicago Cubs to score three runs in the ninth inning and leave Nationals Park with a 5-4 victory.
In addition to that, shortstop Trea Turner, who racked up seven stolen bases during the four game series, broke his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch, which will lead to him spending time on the Disabled List.
Turner’s injury was first reported by Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes:
Trea Turner has a broken right wrist. No timetable for a return.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 30, 2017
Janes later tweeted that Syracuse Chiefs shortstop Adrian Sanchez was taken out of the lineup during a game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders:
Meanwhile, shortstop Adrian Sanchez just got switched out of the Syracuse lineup in the middle of the game...— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 30, 2017
Twitter reacts to Turner’s heartbreaking injury:
sorry to hear about trea turner's broken wrist. terrific young man, dynamic player.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 30, 2017
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
Turner has a .279 batting average with seven home runs and 32 RBI with 35 stolen bases. Turner recorded 22 stolen bases in June.
Love baseball/hate baseball. Trea Turner: (non-displaced) broken right wrist. Just got rolling. Last 32 g: .324 w 24 SB (120 SB for 160 g)— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) June 30, 2017
Trea Turner broken wrist? Smh. There goes my stolen bases in fantasy baseball— Eric (@ericosu1) June 30, 2017
Twitter also reacted to another collapse by the Nationals’ bullpen.
With Glover still out w shoulder, Nats need closer more than ever. Would've swept Cubs w good pen. Gave up 3 in 9th twice in one-run loses.— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) June 29, 2017
It’s the sixth time in 79 games that the Nationals lost after having a lead in the eighth inning.
With Koda Glover dealing with a shoulder injury and there is still no clear cut solution for the closer situation, it looks like General Manager Mike Rizzo has to start making some more calls to other teams for help...