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Nationals' Trea Turner suffers broken wrist after getting hit by pitch against Cubs

Nationals' Trea Turner suffers broken wrist after getting hit by pitch against Cubs

As if Thursday couldn't get any worse for the Nationals after blowing a ninth-inning lead against the Cubs, Trea Turner is now out indefinitely with a broken wrist, according to the Washington Post. 

Turner suffered the injury in the bottom of the seventh inning when he was nailed by a 96 mile-per-hour fastball from Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop on his right wrist.

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Initially, it didn't appear to be a significant injury. Turner stayed in the game and played shortstop in the top of the eighth inning, but he was removed in the top of the ninth inning for Stephen Drew.  

The injury comes at an awful time for Turner, who was really getting hot at the plate. In his last 10 games, Turner was hitting .366 with 11 runs scored and nine stolen bases. Turner's 35 stolen bases this season are the most in all of baseball. 

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Drew and Wilmer Difo are the other shortstops on the roster and are the obvious options to fill in for Turner. 

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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