One out into the top of the second inning tonight, Victor Robles dropped to one knee in center field in Nationals Park.
Washington’s head trainer Paul Lessard and manager Davey Martinez went out to check on the 21-year-old outfielder after both left fielder Juan Soto and shortstop Trea Turner went over to see what was wrong with the center fielder and seemed concerned with Robles’s reaction.
Victor Robles drops suddenly to a knee, has to leave game. pic.twitter.com/vQe6KWKuJ7— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) June 22, 2019
There was nothing noticeable injury-wise in the first inning of tonight’s game, but the outfielder appeared disoriented as the trainer checked on him as he sat in the outfield grass, and Robles left the game, with Lessard and Martinez and then Nats’ 1B coach Tim Bogar helping him down the stairs into the tunnel to the clubhouse.
The Nationals made an announcement a few innings later, saying that he left the game with symptoms of dehydration and was receiving an IV:
#Nats announce Victor Robles left tonights game with symptoms of dehydration and is receiving an IV— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) June 23, 2019
Victor Robles left tonight's game with "symptoms of dehydration," per the Nationals. He's receiving an IV.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) June 23, 2019
Martinez addressed the situation after the game, telling reporters that Robles got dizzy as he was standing in center and gave everyone a bit of a scare.
“He got dehydrated, got real dizzy, and you can’t mess with those things like that,” the Nats’ manager said.
“So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He was very light-headed, said his one eye — he lost focus. So we kind of got worried a little bit, but it was all dehydration.”
Martinez said they were watching Robles in the outfield, and he took a knee before starter Aníbal Sánchez made a pitch, and when he went down to a knee again after the play, they got concerned.
“When he went back down, I screamed it out, ‘Hold up,’ and he stayed down, so that’s when Paul and I ran out,” he explained.
“And we got out there and he just said he was dizzy. We tried to get him to look up and he said he was real dizzy. When you get to that point, where you’re that dehydrated, it’s scary.”
Will Robles be back in the lineup today? Or will they give him a day to rest and recover after a kind of scary incident?