Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on Thursday. Eaton has been on the disabled list since early April with an ankle injury. During the procedure, doctors discovered a chondral flap problem and removed it, so hopefully that addresses the pain Eaton had been feeling.
The Nationals don’t have a timetable for Eaton’s recovery, Janes adds. He will be immobilized for a week, then he will begin working his way back to good health. According to Janes, the Nationals believe Eaton suffered the injury on a slide into home plate. His ankle looked fine on scans because the cartilage flap laid flat. It showed when he moved on it.
Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, and Andrew Stephenson will continue to split time in left field while Eaton is out. In eight games prior to the injury, Eaton it .345/.424/.655 with a pair of home runs and five RBI across 33 plate appearances.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?