Jayson Werth let slip that he was hearing rumors about another Washington Nationals’ player coming back from injury in a post game interview on MASN after last night’s win in the nation’s capital.
With Stephen Strasburg back last week, MASN’s Bob Carpenter noted, Max Scherzer and Werth returning last night, and Trea Turner on the way at some point, the Nats’ lineup was getting closer to what it was expected to be all season, but hasn’t been since early June.
“There’s a rumor going around that we’re going to see [Turner] tomorrow,” Werth said, “so... we’re getting the band back together.”
Dusty Baker confirmed as much when he relayed the details of a conversation he had with reliever Brandon Kintzler about the fact that the Nationals’ offense struggled to produce a lot of runs in recent weeks, at least before last night’s 11-run game, which was the 20th time this season the Nats have produced 10+ runs in a game, which, so far this season, is the most in the majors.
Baker said he didn’t have a number of relievers (four of them, according to Baker) available last night because of all the innings they have pitched in close games recently.
“I had a discussion today — because I didn’t have [Sean] Doolittle — he was one of the guys today, and I had a discussion today with Kintzler and he was like, these guys have been working every day in close ballgames, and he kind of asked me what happened to that offense that he had seen from afar, and I said, hey, man it will be back as soon as we get our horses back, and we’re doing whatever we could to win ballgames in the meantime, and I’m hoping that Trea can come back, he’s coming back tomorrow, so I’m hoping Trea can come back the same way that Jay made an impact tonight.”
Werth returned to the lineup for the first time since June 3rd and collected two hits, including a towering two-run home run early in the win.
Turner hasn’t played in the majors since June 29th, when he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist on a hit-by-pitch.
The latest tweet from Trea Turner seemed to hint that it was happening too if Baker’s confirmation wasn’t enough:
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) August 29, 2017
The Nationals are getting the band back together. Here’s hoping Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin, and Stephen Drew (among others, we didn’t forget you, Koda Glover) make their returns as well. Turner’s return was just made official:
#Nats: #Nationals reinstated SS Trea Turner from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 29, 2017