Update (11:29 PM ET): Sounds like Turner is going to miss some time. He has a broken index finger, per ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was taken out in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies after being hit by a Zach Eflin fastball while attempting to lay down a bunt. Turner took a first-pitch strike before attempting his bunt, but Eflin’s fastball ran a bit more than he expected and hit him on what appeared to be his index finger. Turner was examined by team trainers before exiting. Wilmer Difo replaced him and finished the at-bat by striking out.
That’s hard to watch for the Nationals. Turner was the hero on Sunday against the Mets as he had a two-homer day, including a walk-off solo home run. He entered the game batting .385 with the pair of homers, four RBI, four runs scored, and four stolen bases.
The Nationals should pass along word regarding Turner’s condition later tonight.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.
The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.
Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.