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 Posted: Sun Apr 30th, 2017 05:20 am
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lobo316 wrote: The Washington Nationals' biggest offseason acquisition will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Outfielder Adam Eaton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with what the team is calling a left knee strain.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, though results of the test have yet to be revealed. There's still no timetable for his return.

"We're hopeful it's not as serious as it looked," manager Dusty Baker said on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

Eaton sustained the injury while running out a ground ball for an infield single in the ninth inning of Friday's contest against the New York Mets. When he stretched across first base to beat the throw, he stepped on the bag awkwardly and immediately fell to the ground in pain. He had to be carried off the field by Nationals trainers and manager Dusty Baker.

Losing Eaton for any amount of time would be a significant blow to Washington's championship hopes. Acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster offseason trade, he has since fit perfectly into the top of his new team's lineup, slashing .297/.393/.462 with two homers, three stolen bases, and 24 runs scored while hitting out of both the leadoff and No. 2 slots.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals recalled outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Eaton's spot on the 25-man roster. The 24-year-old Dominican is ranked as the Nationals' No. 13 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and owns a .680 OPS and three stolen bases in 19 Triple-A contests.

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Eaton left Friday's game against the New York Mets in the ninth inning with the help of the team's training staff after landing awkwardly on first base. He was placed on the disabled list Saturday after undergoing an MRI which revealed a sprain in his left knee.
The disastrous development comes with the Nationals entering Saturday leading the league in wins. They also own the second-best run differential (plus-30). In Eaton's absence, the team is expected to use Michael Taylor in center field and keep Trea Turner, who started 44 games there last season, at shortstop.
Washington acquired Eaton in a blockbuster offseason deal, sending the Chicago White Sox three of its top prospects - Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning, and Reynaldo Lopez - in exchange. The diminutive Eaton has been one of baseball's most productive outfielders over the past few years, compiling 15.4 WAR and a .290/.362/.422 line since 2014.
In his first 23 games with the Nationals, he hit .297/.393/.462 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Eaton's on an extremely reasonable contract - he'll earn a combined $18.4 million until 2019, and has a $9.5-million team option in 2020 followed by a $10.5-million team option in 2021.