While the Washington Nationals have done a great job scoring runs as of late, they'd like to take it to the next level with a leadoff hitter who can set the tone. For the last week they've made do with Adam Eaton in the leadoff spot, but the absence of shortstop Trea Turner has been felt.
Fortunately for the Nationals, Sunday brought good news. Turner, who the team place on the disabled list last Sunday with a hamstring strain, took batting practice and ran sprints in his hope to return to the team Wednesday, when he's first eligible.
Fantasy owners and Washington fans initially were concerned when Turner first injured his hamstring last weekend. For a player that relies so heavily on his speed, a nagging hamstring injury could derail his effectiveness long-term and be a persistent issue. But fortunately for all parties, an MRI deemed it to be a minor strain and given Turner's skill set, Washington played it extra safe when they placed him on the 10-day disabled list.
Now as Turner nears his return, it could put the Nationals lineup back in order as one of the best in all of baseball. The 23-year-old shortstop was off to a slow start to the season with just three hits in 19 at bats and seven strikeouts, but it shouldn't be longer before we see the top talent come out and the speed on full display each and every week.
Stephen Drew, who replaced Turner at shortstop earlier in the week before he strained his hamstring and landed on the disabled list, is making steady progress as well. Until Turner's return, Wilmer Difo holds down the shortstop position.