Trea Turner has finally found his way back onto the baseball diamond. He began a rehabilitation stint with the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals on Tuesday.
His first game back was one that showcased his speed and ability out in the field, but also revealed that he may still have some time before he finds himself back with the parent team.
Designated to P-Nats Tuesday afternoon, Turner (finger) made the short trip to Woodbridge, Virginia where he got the start at his typical shortstop position. At the plate he was a meager 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a single. Out in the field he had two putouts, three assists and initiated an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Both of his strikeouts came in his first two at-bats. The first only needing four pitches, the latter six. Both were credited to lefthander Jake Latz who has yet to see time in the majors. Changeups threw Turner off as he went around early and he could not anticipate breaking balls from the two Down East Wood Ducks’ pitchers he faced.
Eager on each pitch, he check-swung at a high fastball during his third at-bat, which made its way into play for a ground out. His only hit was in his last plate appearance in the eighth inning. A solid single with two outs ended the first game of his rehab.
After being ahead of several pitches tonight Trea Turner finally has a hit for the P-Nats. A two-out single in the 8th to get him on base for the first time. pic.twitter.com/l6xxbm1ail— Tyler Byrum (@theTylerByrum) May 15, 2019
It was his defense, though, that gave early signs that Turner might not need long in the minors. In addition to the aforementioned double play in the first inning, the biggest highlight of the night was one he made in the sixth inning. A ball was hit to Turner’s right, he made the backhanded play at near full speed and threw across his body, in the air, to get the force out at first. It was a stereotypical Derek Jeter-esque out made by the shortstop.
This stop with the P-Nats is just the beginning of Turner’s rehab period as he recovers from a broken finger on his right hand. Turner was sent to the injured list on April 3 only four games into the season.
The injury negated a hot start for Turner, who went 5-for-14 to start. Three of those hits were for extra bases including two homeruns and four stolen bases, three of which came on Opening Day.
It is anticipated Turner will be in the lineup again with the P-Nats for their game on Wednesday.
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