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Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Cincinnati Reds

Washington and Cincinnati wrap up their three-game set in D.C. at 4:05 PM EDT this afternoon. What will Juan Soto do today?

Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Juan Soto sat out of Monday night’s series opener with the Cincinnati Reds with a right ankle sprain, but the Washington Nationals’ 20-year-old outfielder returned to the lineup with a 17-game on-base streak going, after he took two walks in Sunday’s series finale in Flushing, Queens, NY’s Citi Field before injuring his ankle late in the win over the Mets.

Soto was 17 for 59 over the course of the 17-game on-base streak (.288/.442/.695), with three doubles, seven home runs, and 17 walks (vs just 9 Ks) in his last seventeen games.

Soto hit his 8th HR in the last 18 games in the bottom of the fourth of the second game with the Reds last night, extending his on-base streak to 18 in a row, putting the Nationals up 2-0 in what ended up being a 3-1 win.

So, how does the, uh, ankle, uh, feel, Juan?

“You can tell,” Soto told MASN’s Alex Chappell after going 1 for 3 in his return to the lineup.

“It feels really well right now. I think it was just a sprain, but right now it feels great.”

He let his manager know that, as he’d said previously, he didn’t really need that day off on Monday.

“Juan hits the home run, he comes over and tells me, ‘Hey, I told you I was fine,’” Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nats’ second straight win over the Reds.

“I was like, ‘Thanks,’ you know. I didn’t want him to play yesterday, I wanted to give him a break, and he’s good to go now. I told him, I said, ‘Okay, that can be your last day off.’”

Soto’s back in the lineup for the series finale with Cincinnati in the nation’s capital... looking to extend his on-base streak to 19-straight games.