Coming into Bryce Harper’s homecoming game the Nationals already were in some deep trouble Tuesday night with their bullpen. Now their lineup could be in trouble as shortstop Trea Turner is slated to miss some time with a broken finger. There is no time table for Turner’s broken finger.
Turner suffered the injury after taking a pitch off his finger on a failed bunt attempt. Although the Nationals’ team policy is to withhold information about injuries until after the game but it was obvious Turner was in a lot of pain after having to come out during the first inning of the contest.
Turner was off to a hot start for the Nationals this season after playing in all 162 games for the team last season. In his first four games, Turner is hitting .385 with two homers and four stolen bases. Turner hit the walk-off homer against the Mets Sunday afternoon.
Trea’s replacement will likely be Wilmer Difo until at least the middle of April. One of the games top prospects, Carter Kieboom could be called up in mid-to-late April so his MLB service clock doesn’t hit a year after this season. If Kieboom were called up today and not be sent down for the rest of the season he would have a year of service time at the end of the season. The Nationals are likely to use the service time loophole to delay Kieboom from reaching free agency for another year.
The Nationals will likely call up infielder Adrian Sanchez who they just optioned to AAA Fresno just before the season began. Jake Noll made the major league team after a hot bat during spring training over the light-hitting Sanchez.
The Nationals will need one of their other stars to step up for the time while Turner is on the injured list and they will need it quick as they are stumbling out of the gates to a 1-3 start through the seasons first four games.
On the positive side of the injury news, Michael A. Taylor could see some rehab time with the Harrisburg Senators as soon as next week and Howie Kendrick might not even need rehab and could be activated in place of Turner.