Sources: Nats’ Eaton out for year with ACL tear 9:41 PM ET
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Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.
The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was initially diagnosed as a left knee strain.
Fox Sports was first to report that Eaton had an ACL tear.
Adam Eaton collapsed after reaching the first base bag Friday night with an injury that later was reportedly diagnosed as an ACL tear. Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesEaton suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Friday’s 7-5 loss to the New York Mets on a bang-bang play at first base. He 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 Nationals Park fell silent.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said earlier Saturday that he hoped Eaton’s injury was “not as serious as it looked.”
The 28-year-old outfielder, acquired in a blockbuster December trade with the Chicago White Sox, is hitting .297. His .393 on-base percentage is the second-best among leadoff hitters (minimum 50 plate appearances from that spot), trailing only Toronto’s Kevin Pillar (.418).
Since his first full season in 2014, Eaton has been one of the most valuable outfielders in baseball, with only four others accounting for more Wins Above Replacement.
Michael Taylor, considered the everyday center fielder before Eaton’s acquisition, took his spot in center Friday night and is expected to see the bulk of playing time going forward.
Sources: Nats’ Eaton out for year with ACL tear