After placing 20-year-old outfielder Juan Soto on the 10-Day Injured List in the afternoon, the Washington Nationals had both Matt Adams (jammed left shoulder) and Michael A. Taylor (jammed left wrist) leave the game during the second of three with the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, adding two more injuries to a roster that’s already struggling to get by without Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, and Ryan Zimmerman, who are all on the IL.
Soto talked to reporters in CBP before the start of the game, explaining how he ended up on the IL with back spasms.
“I was hitting in the cage, and then I just did a deep breath and started feeling something and I just went right to the trainer’s room and then it got stuck and I can’t even move, and after that I started getting treatments and now we’re here,” Soto said.
His IL stint is retroactive to May 1st.
During the game, Adams injured his left shoulder on a diving play at first when he jumped to his right to field a grounder then hustled back and slid glove-first into the bag to get an out.
Adams stayed in for a little while, but eventually left the game with the Nats announcing on Twitter that he’d jammed his left shoulder on the play.
Taylor left the game a little while after he rolled his wrist on a diving play in center field on which he came up empty.
WARNING: It wasn’t pretty...
Here’s the play on which #Nats’ CF Michael A. Taylor apparently injured his left wrist. Not supposed to bend that way... pic.twitter.com/cYpAHaZzLD— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) May 5, 2019
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez talked after the game about the extent of the injuries and what they knew at that point.
“Adams jammed his left shoulder, and then Michael jammed his wrist,” Martinez said, telling reporters what the team had already said. “They’re both scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow.”
“I’m really concerned about Adams,” he added, “because he came out and he was really struggling to get his arm up, so I mean he was done, and then Michael, we’ll just have to see. Both X-rays were negative, but we’ll have to get an MRI.”
Adams went on the 10-Day IL this afternoon with what the Nationals announced was a left shoulder strain. Jake Noll was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place on the roster.
There was some potential good news, however, with Turner telling reporters that he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab for a broken right index finger, which he injured on a bunt attempt back on April 2nd.
Turner discussed his progress while noting that he’s able to move the finger a little bit more now and strengthen it a bit. The next step?
“Hitting and throwing I think is getting fairly close,” Turner said, explaining that he was in fact, “a little ahead of schedule. I didn’t think we would be able to do it this early, I guess both of them, but hopefully here pretty soon — obviously it depends on how I feel, so if I come in and it doesn’t feel good then we’re not going to progress.
“But if it does, then try to keep pushing it and hopefully that stuff happens soon.”
As for a timetable?
“They say 4-6 weeks for a bone,” Turner said. “We’re at the beginning of that fourth week or fifth week I guess, whatever you want to call it, so it’s still pretty early and I feel like I’m ahead of schedule, so not going to do anything stupid and just kind of try to keep healing.”