Washington Nationals youngster Trea Turner suffered a broken wrist after getting hit by Pedro Strop‘s 96 mph fastball in Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Turner did not immediately come out of the game, but the extent of the injury was revealed afterward.
“I didn’t know,” Turner told reporters after the X-rays confirmed the fracture. “I had tape on my wrist, so initially it didn’t feel that bad. But I went out there and tried throwing. It hurt to lob the ball, but it felt fine when I threw it as hard as I could or basically full speed. So I stayed in there a little bit, and then after a little while it started stiffening up on me so I figured I’d get out of there. In a close game, didn’t want to make a double-cut play or whatever it might be. I figured Drew might have a better shot or (Wilmer) Difo. They’d have a better shot at playing some defense.”
It is unclear how much time he will miss. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed 10 weeks when he broke his wrist in May.
Turner has seven home runs and 32 RBI this season. Washington has already lost Adam Eaton to a torn ACL this season.