Schwarber exits with injury after awkward turn on first base

Kyle Schwarber walks off the field after suffering an injury against the Dodgers

On the day he was named NL Player of the Month for his historic home run tear to close out June, Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber sustained an injury rounding the first base bag on a single.

In the second inning of the Nationals' Friday night contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Schwarber appeared to roll his left ankle and hopped awkwardly back to the base. He then reached for his right hamstring before receiving a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and ultimately leaving the game. Reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra pinch ran for him and took over in left field the following inning.

The Nationals have gone an MLB-best 14-4 since June 13 despite dealing with injuries all over their roster. Players currently working their way back from the injured list include Stephen Strasburg, Erick Fedde, Daniel Hudson, Tanner Rainey, Kyle Finnegan and Andrew Stevenson. Trea Turner has missed two straight games since jamming his middle finger on a triple while Jordy Mercer was placed on the IL with a quad strain just before Friday's game.

Losing Schwarber for any amount of time would be a significant blow for Washington. The outfielder hit 16 home runs in 18 games to fuel the Nationals’ offense for the better part of June. After beginning the season on the COVID IL and starting off slow, Schwarber had shown the Nationals why they invested $10 million in him last offseason.