Davey Martinez said after last night’s loss, which also saw Washington lose their shortstop, Trea Turner, to a broken right index finger, that he thought Wilmer Difo would get a shot at replacing Turner defensively, and Brian Dozier might take Turner’s spot in the order, batting second.
“I’ll be here for a while tonight,” Martinez told reporters, “... and we’ll figure those things out, [Dozier] is a good possibility [for the No. 2 hitter].”
As for short?
“Difo is going to get an opportunity to play, and he’s here for a reason, so we’ve just got to come back tomorrow and play baseball,” the manager added.
The second-year skipper also said the Nationals would have to try to get someone to D.C. in time to take Turner’s spot on the roster as he heads to the Injured List.
“We’re going to try to get hopefully somebody here by game time. The turnaround is quick, so we’re hoping he arrives.”
In addition to Turner’s injury, Martinez said, Matt Adams tweaked his back and had spasms after he tumbled over the railing in foul territory off first chasing a pop-up.
Adams stayed in the game after the play, but eventually left when his back acted up. He’s now day-to-day.
“Yeah, it’s going to be day-to-day,” Martinez explained. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He came and got treatment, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Looking at the night as a whole, the injuries, the loss, more bullpen struggles, Martinez said that the Nationals have to turn things around, quickly.
“Bottom line is we lost one of our good players and we lost,” he said, “so we’ve got to come back tomorrow, and we’ve got to get better. Just got to play better.”
What does he want to see improve?
“When you’re giving good teams 28, 29 outs, 30 outs, they’re going to capitalize. So we’ve got to get better at that. Our bullpen has got to start getting key outs, and it will happen, but we can’t wait, we’ve got to come back tomorrow and play the way we’re capable of playing.”