So, what is Juan Soto, who went on the 10-Day IL this week after an MRI revealed a strain in his left shoulder, going to be doing while his Washington Nationals teammates are on their road trip to New York and
Toronto Dunedin, FL?
“I’m just going to try to get everything right,” Soto said in a Zoom call with reporters before the series finale with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. “Get ready. I don’t mind that I have to go to Fredericksburg, [VA] to work with [trainers], I know they are going to try to do their best to help me out ... so for me, I’m just going to concentrate and try to be ready to come back.”
Will the 22-year-old slugger be watching games on TV to keep up with the club?
“I’m going to keep my eye on the team,” he said.
“Going to cheer them from far. Just try to help them out if I see anything. Let them know and try my best try to help them out as much as I can.”
“Protocol has them going to Fredericksburg,” manager Davey Martinez explained when he was asked about the plans for Soto while the team is on the road.
“We have a medical staff there as well for the rehab guys. He’ll go there, and, like I said, as soon as we deem him able to do baseball skills, baseball activities, we’ll get him cranked up again.”
The one drawback of the current situation, and the COVID protocols, Martinez said, is that he can’t get his own eyes on rehabbing players, though he was clear that he trusts all their people keeping everyone sharp down in Fredericksburg.
“We’re so used to having him around and we can’t see him, so we’re relying on our medical staff down there, which, they’re really good, but you know it’s nice to be able to see,” he said. “The good thing is we’ll get videos of what he’s doing and how he’s doing and we’ll have conversations about what he’s doing every day. But like I said, hopefully this is a short-term thing.
“I can’t put a timetable on it, you know, but when we deem that he’s ready he’s going to be back.
“As you know, he’s huge in our lineup, and our everyday offense, so we want to get him back as soon as possible, but yet we want to make sure that he’s healthy.”
So how did he line things up for the third game without Soto available?