Nats’ Eaton diagnosed with knee strain, to DL 10:54 AM ET
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Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton has been diagnosed with a left knee strain and has been placed on the disabled list, the team announced.
Eaton was carried off the field in the ninth inning of Friday’s 7-5 loss to the New York Mets after a bang-bang play at first base. Manager Dusty Baker said Eaton would have an MRI.
Adam Eaton has been the catalyst for the Nationals’ monster offense, and the center fielder’s ugly ankle injury hurt much more than Friday’s loss.
Eaton hit a roller to the left side of the infield and just barely beat the throw to first. After reaching the bag, he collapsed in a heap as the crowd at Nats Park fell silent.
The 28-year-old outfielder, acquired in a blockbuster December trade with the Chicago White Sox, is hitting .297 with a .393 on-base percentage.
To take his place on the roster, the Nationals recalled outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse, where he was hitting .291. His 224 career stolen bases since 2012 ranks fifth in minor league baseball.
ESPN’s Eddie Matz contributed to this report.
Nats’ Eaton diagnosed with knee strain, to DL