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Tracy hopes to avoid disabled list

It seems every time the Nationals get a player back from injury, another goes down. In this case the return of Chien-Ming Wang could coincide with a trip for Chad Tracy to the disabled list. Tracy injured his right leg while running the bases in last night's win over the Braves.

Tracy had just hit a big double to score Ian Desmond and give Washington the lead when he started limping between first and second base. Tracy was attended to by trainer Lee Kuntz before leaving the game.

Davey Johnson told MLB.com the team is hopeful he can avoid the disabled list, but they won't know anything too soon.

"He is hoping he just popped some scar tissue, and he also talked to his doctor," Johnson said. "He said that he would wait a couple of days to see if that is the case. I hate to overreact and make a rush to make a roster move. Maybe he is going to be all right in two to three days."

Tracy told reporters he will have to wait and see as well.

"I'm pretty sore right now. We'll see what happens tomorrow," he said.

The 32-year-old Tracy has been solid for the Nationals as a utility man and pinch hitter. He ranks fourth on the team with 12 RBI despite having just 55 plate appearances, a third as many as some of his teammates. Tracy also has three home runs, four walks, and a .837 OPS.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.