Juan Soto had been tearing things up, going 18 for 41 (.439/.489/.951) with a total of seven doubles, a triple, four homers, 15 RBIs, three walks, and 16 runs scored in his last 10 games heading into the series finale with the New York Mets in the nation’s capital yesterday.
Soto had hit safely in 8 of the 10, with all eight games multi-hit efforts.
After doubling the first time up on Wednesday night, Soto got hit in the right elbow in his third trip to the plate, and he responded with a home run the next time up, before singling in his final plate appearance, finishing the night 3 for 4 with a double, homer, three RBIs, and three runs scored.
His manager, Davey Martinez told reporters before the finale with the Mets in the nation’s capital that the 20-year-old slugger was fine, but said he was going to be wearing a little more armor for now.
“He said he feels OK. Sore, a little sore,” Martinez explained, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
“He’s going to wear an arm guard, the same one Anthony (Rendon) has on. He wore it yesterday and it didn’t seem to bother him much. He hit a home run with it on, so it was kind of nice.”
He walked the first time up in the third of three with the Mets in D.C. on Wednesday, and singled in his second trip to the plate against Zack Wheeler.
Soto ended the day 1 for 4 with the walk in the Nationals’ 8-4 loss, but he didn’t shown any signs of an issue with the elbow.
Martinez said after the game that the X-rays just showed a contusion.
“It was good, he’s good, just a contusion. As you see he wore all kinds of pads today. I hope he continues to wear it, it doesn’t seem to bother him much.”