WASHINGTON – Kyle Schwarber limped onto the Washington Nationals bench on Saturday with a thick bandage sticking out of the right side of his shorts.
Black was in shower shoes and trying to be optimistic when he met with reporters after being placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring. There is no date for his return.
“It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst either,” Schwarber said. “I just have to take it for what it is.”
He was among the best hitters in the majors, hitting 16 home runs in June, seven of them early in games. All were critical for the Nationals, who finished 19-9 on the month to turn their season around.
Blackber said he doesn’t need a procedure to repair the hamstring damage. Instead, you will use a compression treatment to reduce swelling. Rest and strengthening exercises will follow.
You have not had a hamstring injury before. Schwarber tore two ligaments in his left knee in 2016. But a frantic pace of recovery allowed him to join the Chicago Cubs for the World Series, during which he hit .412 in five games en route to a title.
“That worked,” he said with a smile.
Schwarber said he heard a pop just before reaching first base in the second inning on Friday night. He hit a line in the right center field gap and figured he might get to second base. The Dodgers center fell, Cody Bellinger cut the ball, preventing it from rolling onto the warning track, and forcing Schwarber to stop abruptly. He immediately searched for his hamstring on the way back to first time.
An MRI on Saturday revealed what the team called “significant” stress.
“A lot of thoughts go through your head,” Schwarber said. “You hope it’s not bad. You know the kind of state the team is in right now in terms of injuries coming up around here. The biggest thing that came to mind was, hopefully, that it’s not too serious. It wasn’t the worst news I could get. “
Washington’s disabled list includes starters Stephen Strasburg and Erick Fedde, relievers Tanner Rainey, Daniel Hudson, Kyle Finnegan and Will Harris, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, utility infielder Jordy Mercer and backup receiver Alex Avila.
Washington sent cash to the Kansas City Royals for Alcides Escobar, who hasn’t been in the major leagues since 2018, on Saturday to provide infield depth. Starting shortstop Trea Turner injured his left middle finger Wednesday. He has not played since, but has not been placed on the disabled list. Escobar started Saturday night against Los Angeles.
The Nationals also called up Yadiel Hernandez and Triple-A Rochester catcher Tres Barrera on Saturday.
Gerardo Parra and Hernández will play left field in Schwarber’s absence.