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Juan Soto exits game with apparent foot injury

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Update (5:10 PM ET): Soto is considered day-to-day with a mild right ankle sprain, per Sam Fortier of the Washington Post.


Nationals outfielder Juan Soto appeared to suffer a foot injury while attempting to score on an Asdrúbal Cabrera double in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Soto walked to load the bases. Cabrera then laced a line drive down the right field line, plating two runs to break the 3-3 tie. Soto suffered the injury rounding the third base bag and he was tagged out to end the inning.

While Soto could put some weight on his right leg, it wasn’t much. He was tended to by team trainers before being taken out of the game. The 20-year-old will undergo further evaluation and the Nationals should have an update on his condition later tonight or tomorrow.

Soto was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks before exiting on Sunday. He’s hitting .288/.402/.540 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI, 69 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 470 plate appearances on the season. Needless to say, losing Soto for any amount of time would hurt the Nationals’ bid in both the NL East and the Wild Card.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.