Washington Nationals News: The curious case of Trea Turner


Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

We start off today’s Daily with a very interesting profile on Trea Turner from The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga. As Svrluga notes, the situation with Turner is extremely unique, and, in all honesty, pretty ridiculous.

The Nationals acquired Turner from the Padres this offseason in the trade that sent Steven Souza, Jr. to the Rays. Unfortunately, due to MLB rules, Turner cannot join the Nationals until a year after he’s drafted so he is considered a “Player to be Named Later” in the trade until June 13. Playing on a team that you’re not really on for months can, obviously, create an awkward situation, as Svrluga explains in the article.

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Nevertheless, Turner is still a National, and, once he officially joins the team, he’ll be considered the team’s shortstop of the future. Be sure to checkout Svrluga’s article below for a great profile on the Nationals’ new (sort of) shortstop.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the result of reliever Casey Janssen’s MRI yesterday. As Ladson notes, the MRI revealed tendinitis in the right-hander’s rotator cuff.

Obviously that’s not great news for Janssen or for the Nationals, as their eighth inning man may not be ready to rejoin the bullpen by Opening Day. In reality, though, the situation with Janssen could be a lot worse than it is. Let’s just hope the tendinitis goes away soon and he can rejoin the team after missing as little time as possible.

Be sure to checkout the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals Spring Training needs.

The curious case of Trea Turner

(Barry Svrluga, Washington Post)

PEORIA, Ariz. – Turns out life in baseball purgatory looks a lot like life in baseball paradise. Surrounding Trea Turner last week: a blue sky, the sprawling Arizona mountains, a pristine field below his barely scuffed spikes, a new blue-and-white cap on his head and the name of a major league team – “Padres” – written neatly in script across his chest. Perfect.

For now, in March, he is one of them here, fitting right in as he took groundballs on a half field with Mitch Morales and Diego Goris, slinging his left arm over Fernando Perez, Padres all, prospects all. His fielding work completed, he flipped a ball over his head toward the center of the diamond, yelled “Thanks!” to the coach who had pounded out those grounders, taking care of him and his development, and ran off to hit.

“You can’t let somebody else kind of take your joy away from you,” Turner said later. “You got to have fun. That’s how I’ve approached each and every day. Obviously, some days have been a little bit tougher than others, but I’ve been trying to have fun.” Read full article here.

Janssen dealing with rotator cuff tendinitis

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

JUPITER, Fla. — Nationals reliever Casey Janssen is dealing with rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder, the results of his MRI revealed Monday.

Janssen said at the Nationals’ complex that he felt like he needed a couple days off after the soreness in the shoulder did not feel like usual Spring Training soreness.

This is not the first time Janssen, 33, has dealt with shoulder issues. A torn right labrum caused him to miss the 2008 season. In November 2012, Janssen had surgery to repair lingering joint soreness in his right shoulder. Read full article here.

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