With Trea Turner likely unavailable for the next 8-to-10 weeks, the Washington Nationals called infielder Adrian Sanchez up from Triple-A Syracuse today to join the team in St. Louis, where they start a three-game set with the Cardinals tonight.
Washington Post beat writer Chelsea Janes noted yesterday that Sanchez, 26, was pulled from a game with the Nats’ top minor league affiliate shortly after the results on X-rays on Turner’s wrist came back, revealing a non-displaced fracture in the right wrist after he was hit by a pitch in Thursday’s series finale with the Chicago Cubs.
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
Sanchez, predominantly a second baseman in the minors (483 games), has also seen time at third (223) and short (168), playing mostly shortstop this season, and he has also seem time in the outfield, so he could fill the utility role if Stephen Drew or Wilmer Difo take over at short in Turner’s absence.
Sanchez, a right-handed bat and arm, had a combined .259/.312/.384 line, 15 doubles, a triple, and five home runs in 72 games and 280 plate appearances between Double-A Harrisburg (5 G, 17 PAs) and Syracuse on the season before getting the call and he’ll be making his MLB debut when he gets in a game after 11 seasons in the minors in the Nats’ organization.
Through 68 games and 315 plate appearances, Turner, 23, had a 279/.324/.422 line, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 53 runs scored and 35 stolen bases.