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Nationals centerfielder Adam Eaton undergoes ACL surgery

Nationals centerfielder Adam Eaton undergoes ACL surgery

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has undergone surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament and started a rehabilitation program Wednesday that is expected to last six to nine months.

The injury occurred April 28 in a game against the New York Mets, when Eaton stepped on first base awkwardly while beating out an infield hit.

Eaton had surgery Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.

"It went well," Rizzo said. "They didn't find anything that they didn't anticipate."

Surgeons also repaired some other ligament damage and the meniscus in the knee, Rizzo said Wednesday.

Eaton's rehabilitation began with massage and range of motion work. It will be around a month before he can put weight on the knee.

"In four weeks he'll ramp it up," Rizzo said. "He's tolerating the pain and on his way to getting better."

Eaton was obtained in December from the Chicago White Sox for three pitching prospects. With a lofty .362 on-base percentage from 2014-16, the 28-year-old was expected to bolster the offense and provide stability in center field.

Eaton was batting .287 with two homers, 13 RBIs, 24 runs scored and a .393 on-base percentage in 23 games when the injury occurred.

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MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

The Washington Nationals will make up their postponed three-game series with the Miami Marlins over multiple dates when the teams were previously scheduled to play.

Saturday, Aug. 22, the Nationals will be the home team in the first game of a doubleheader, then the road team in the second game. Doubleheaders now consist of two seven-inning games. That game will be a makeup for the July 31 game that was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins organization which delayed a three-game series scheduled to be played in Miami on July 31-Aug. 2.

Friday, Sept. 18, in Miami will be another doubleheader. That accounts for the Aug. 1 postponement.

Sunday, Sept. 20 will be a final doubleheader to make up for the Aug. 2 postponement. It also means the Nationals will play five games in three days in Miami before the final week of the season begins.

The Nationals will play 12 games in 10 days to close the season.

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Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Emilio Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Emilio Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Thursday marked the first -- and last -- cut down deadline of the 2020 baseball season.

Rosters need to be trimmed from 30 to 28, but will hold at 28 for the rest of the season as opposed to dipping to 26. Multiple coronavirus outbreaks have caused a multitude of scheduling problems. So, Major League Baseball decided to leave the rosters expanded for the remainder of the season.

The Nationals chose to send reliever James Bourque to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg and designated utility man Emilio Bonifácio for assignment.

These were simple and direct moves. The signing of Josh Harrison and Juan Soto’s return meant Bonifácio was expendable. His upbeat vibe -- and creation of the trumpet celebration -- was not enough to keep him on the roster.

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Borque pitched 1 ⅓ innings out of the bullpen. He was the last option among the large reliever group.

The expanded rosters allow the Nationals -- and everyone else -- to wade through the rest of the season with more pitching. It will be necessary to handle prospective doubleheaders and other scheduling problems the remainder of the season.

The Nationals are 4-5 after losing 3-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. They were off Thursday. Baltimore comes to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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