WASHINGTON – Adam Eaton, the veteran outfielder, got banged up in Philadelphia but his manager hopes he can play in Game 2 today in Atlanta.
“He jammed his knee on first base,” Martinez said after Thursday’s loss in 10 innings. “He jammed his knee on the base. So we’ll see what happens. He might be day-to-day.”
The third-year manager gave a short update on the Michigan native before Friday’s twin bill in Atlanta.
Martinez wants Eaton to be checked out by Paul Lessard, the head athletic trainer.
“He hasn’t shown up yet, so. Last night when he left he said he felt okay,” said Martinez.
“Waiting for him to get here so Paul can see him, and then we’ll go from there. With two games, I was going to give him the first game off, so we’re hoping he can play the second game.”
Martinez also confirmed Friday that Carter Kieboom had joined the team in Atlanta and is on the taxi squad.
“He’s on the taxi squad right now yeah,” Martinez said. “Just to kind of get him back here and watch his swings and see where he’s at. But he’ll be here for the weekend.”
Earlier this week while in Philadelphia, Martinez inferred that young third baseman took some of his at-bats hard after striking out.
But Tommy Shields, the co-field director in player development, told Federal Baseball on Friday that Kieboom had a good week at the plate and in the field while in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the club’s Alternate Training Site.
“He came down and started hitting immediately,” Shields said. “That was good to see. I think he is in a good place.”
Austin Voth is slated to start game one today in Atlanta with Wil Crowe getting the second start of his career in the nightcap. Voth is 0-4 this year and the Nats are 1-5 in his six starts. Washington is 4-15 in games in which Voth has pitched in his career.
Crowe has also spent time at the alternate site this year. “Wil can command the baseball,” Shields said. “He is not overpowering, but he can really pitch.”