Washington Nationals slugger Kyle Schwarber has been one of the best hitters in baseball this season, but now his season will be put on hold as he suffered an injury during Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters Saturday, including MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, that Schwarber will miss an extended period of time with a “significant” hamstring strain.
Blackber suffered the injury during the second inning of Friday night’s game while circling first base after a single. He was withdrawn from the contest shortly after and replaced by Gerardo Parra.
The 28-year-old is hitting .253 / .340 / .570 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs in 71 games this season. Schwarber hit 16 home runs in a 20-game span last month and was named the National League Player of the Month for June.
Schwarber’s loss is a significant blow for the Nationals, who entered the game 40-40 on Saturday and are second in the NL East. In addition to Schwarber, Erick Fedde, Stephen Strasburg, Luis Avilan, Kyle Finnegan, Will Harris, Daniel Hudson, Tanner Rainey, Jordy Mercer and Andrew Stevenson are on the disabled list.
Despite injuries, Washington entered Saturday just 2.5 games behind the first-place New York Mets.