Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was having a tremendous start to the 2017 season, but it is coming to an end. According to Ken Rosenthal, Eaton tore his ACL on Friday and is going to miss the rest of the season. With Eaton out, fantasy and reality will come crashing to the ground.
Sources: #Nationals’ Eaton has torn ACL, out for year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 29, 2017
The injury occurred Friday night against the Mets, as Eaton barely beat out the throw to first, but immediately going to the ground in pain. He has been a bright spot for the Nationals since joining the club in the offseason. His presence will be greatly missed, and manager Dusty Baker had a feeling that it was going to be bad news once an MRI was done.
“As you saw, the same thing we saw, it didn’t look too good,” Baker said. “We’ll know something more tomorrow,” via The Washington Post.
Washington has been hot as of late and is now 9-1 in their last 10 games on the road. Eaton was a big reason, as he is hitting .333 over the past seven days. He also has two doubles, one triple, one home run, four walks, six runs batted in and 10 runs scored during the past week.
For the season, Eaton has a .297/.393/.462 slash line and brought plenty of energy to the Nationals’ clubhouse. He is also an above-average center fielder that was likely on his way to a Gold Glove this year. With his absence, the Nats will look elsewhere for help; likely using the services of Michael Taylor (.205 AVG).
Assuming the Nationals are still atop the NL East come July, they could be huge players in the outfield market to replace Eaton for the rest of the season and playoffs. The Nats are currently in first place in the East at 12-8 (3.5 game lead).
How does Eaton’s injury affect fantasy baseball rosters?
Eaton was the 12th-ranked outfielder in fantasy baseball at the time of his injury, and owners were riding him for production. The best part being that he provided runs, runs batted in, and average; allowing owners of rotisserie leagues to have the advantage.
One thing is certain: Eaton’s injury affects the Nationals more than any other playoff contender has had to deal with at this point of the season.
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