Update (11:48 PM)
After the game, Davey Martinez updated the media on Trea Turner's injury.
The star shortstop underwent X-rays during the game, and it showed he broke his right index finger. It's unclear how long Turner will be on the shelf, but Martinez did reference that he's "our starting shortstop," saying it's "a big loss."
Wilmer Difo will fill in for the Nationals in the meantime, and it wouldn't be out of the question for them to consider calling up top prospect Carter Kieboom, much like they did last year with Juan Soto in response to Adam Eaton's early injury.
Trea Turner has had quite a start to 2019. With four stolen bases and two home runs in the first series of the season, including a walk-off home run Sunday to beat the Mets and give the Nationals their first win of the season, the shortstop is on fire.
Unfortunately, that start may have just screeched to a halt, pending further examination.
During his first at-bat against the Phillies Tuesday night, Turner squared around to bunt. He tried to pull back the bat, but the ball ended up striking his finger, and Turner went down. Davey Martinez and the trainer came out to take a look at Turner, and the star shortstop was sent to the dugout and out of the game.
Turner was visibly frustrated as he headed for the dugout, though it’s unclear if he was frustrated at the decision to pull him or the injury itself. It’s probably fair to assume a little bit of both.
Turner is coming out. And he is irritated.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) April 3, 2019
As the number two hitter in the lineup, Turner has been arguably the most important, and most valuable, player for the Nationals through three games. It’s obviously early, but he looked to be poised for a breakout, All-Star campaign.
Hopefully for the Nationals this is just a day-to-day injury, but it’s always hard to tell with finger and hand injuries. This early in the season, the Nationals are sure to err on the side of caution when it comes to one of their best players.
Fans may be focused on Bryce Harper’s return, but this injury could end up being the most impactful moment from the Nats’ first meeting with the new-look Phillies.
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