The Nationals suffered two big losses on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. The bullpen blew a late lead and the team lost 5-4, and shortstop Trea Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Turner was hit by a Pedro Strop fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning. He initially stayed in the game but was removed in the ninth inning.
Turner went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases before exiting. He’s hitting .279/.324/.422 with seven home runs, 32 RBI, 53 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases (best in the majors) in 315 plate appearances. As there’s as yet no timetable for Turner’s return, the Nationals will have to find a solution for the leadoff spot for the foreseeable future. Stephen Drew and Wilmer Difo will handle shortstop while Turner is absent.
Turner, 23, finished second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting last season and while his offense wasn’t quite up to last year’s standards, he was on pace to steal 72 bases. Jacoby Ellsbury in 2009 was the last player to steal 70-plus bases.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.