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Washington Nationals’ Adam Eaton to start rehab assignment this weekend...

Adam Eaton has been out of the Nationals’ lineup since April 8th, but he’ll play for one of Washington’s Minor League affiliates this weekend as he works his way back...

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BALTIMORE, MD: Though they have not yet decided where they’ll send him, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters today that Adam Eaton, who went on the 10-Day DL on April 8th, and underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a flap of cartilage from his ankle on May 10th, will head for a rehab assignment this weekend as he works his way back.

“He ran today, looked really good, so he’s getting ready to go out to rehab this weekend,” Martinez explained.

The plan for the 29-year-old outfielder, who’s clearly eager to get back sooner than later?

“Just probably get two at bats, maybe three, and then we’ll go from there,” Martinez said.

Asked how hard it was to hold Eaton back and monitor his progress, the skipper said, “He’s tough to monitor. He wants to play nine innings tomorrow, so we’ll just have to keep an eye on him and take it slow.

“We’re at the breaking point right now, so he’s itching to get back, but he knows, hey stick with the process.”

When he does get back, the Nationals are going to have some decisions to make. Currently they have Juan Soto in left, where Eaton started the season, with Michael A. Taylor in center, and Bryce Harper in right.

Have they thought at all about how things will work when Eaton’s back? Does he go back to left field?

“We haven’t really thought about it yet,” Martinez said, “just because he’s not back, so as he gets closer we’ll start playing around with it and see what’s best for us.”

What position will he play while on his rehab assignment?

“We’ll probably get him to play left, maybe some center, and we’ll go from there,” Martinez said.

The decision where to send him this weekend will depend on the weather forecast for the Nationals’ affiliates, but barring any setbacks, he’ll be back on the field somewhere.

Judging by what Eaton had to say when he spoke to reporters today in Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards, he’s ready to go wherever they send him.