Nationals activate SS Trea Turner after missing two months with broken wrist


Trea Turner hasn’t played with the Nationals since June 29, when he fractured his wrist after being hit by a pitch. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

The collective healing of the Washington Nationals continued Tuesday when the team activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 60-day disabled list — and Manager Dusty Baker immediately wrote him in to the top spot in his lineup. If the Nationals and Miami Marlins play — and a day of drenching rain might wash the game out — Turner will be leading off and playing shortstop for the first time since June 29.

That day, Turner took a pitch off the wrist from Cubs’ reliever Pedro Strop in his last at-bat of a four-game series in which he went 6 for 14 and stole seven bases. The Nationals have lacked their regular leadoff man ever since, piecing lineups together with a combination of Michael A. Taylor, Brian Goodwin (who has also since gone on the DL), Wilmer Difo and others.

That group compiled a .297 on-base percentage and a .757 on-base plus slugging (OPS) in the two months without Turner. At the time of his injury, Turner — who looked to be just finding his rhythm after a slow start — had an on-base percentage of .324 and

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2017/08/29/nationals-activate-ss-trea-turner-after-missing-two-months-with-broken-wrist/

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