Nationals left fielder Kyle schwarber He left Friday night’s game after suffering an apparent right leg injury. Schwarber singled in the second inning, but took an awkward step as he rounded first base, leaving Schwarber favoring his leg (particularly the top, making a hamstring injury possible). Gerardo Parra replaced Schwarber at pinch-running and left field.
It certainly appears that the disabled list will be necessary for Schwarber, disrupting one of the most notable power binges in baseball history. Schwarber has hit 16 home runs in his last 20 games before Friday night’s contest, hitting .333 / .407 / .987 in that stretch of 86 plate appearances. This exceptional streak resulted in National League Player of the Month honors for Schwarber for the month of June, and helped fuel a resurgence of the Nationals in the NL East standings, as Washington won 14 of their last 17 games.
Losing Schwarber would represent another major blow to the Nationals’ lineup, especially with Trea turner already day-to-day with a finger injury and several notable pitchers (including Stephen strasburg, Daniel hudson other Erick fedde) already in IL. While Washington is just two games behind the Mets for the division lead, the team is also just 40-39 and seven games away from a wild-card spot.
It’s certainly still possible for the Nationals to be on a long streak of being sellers, rather than buyers, at the trade deadline, and ironically, a healthy Schwarber would suddenly be a major trade piece, as his contract is guaranteed. only during this season. Schwarber signed a one-year, $ 10 million free agent contract with the Nats last winter that breaks down into $ 7 million in guaranteed salary and a $ 3 million purchase of a $ 11.5 million mutual option by 2022 ( a purchase that seems likely Schwarber will accept rather than exercise his share of the mutual option).