Washington Nationals: Adam Eaton likely to land on the disabled list

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CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 30: Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals takes off from first base in front of Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on March 30, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 2-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 30: Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals takes off from first base in front of Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on March 30, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 2-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has gotten off to a hot start after missing nearly all of 2017, but he will likely be placed on the disabled list shortly.

Everyone knows that Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton missed nearly all of last year with a torn ACL. However, what people fail to remember is that when he suffered his season-ending injury, he also tore up his ankle.

Eaton has gotten off to a great start in 2018, and his knee has held up well, but his ankle has given him some problems. He had a scare earlier this year after breaking up some scar tissue on an awkward slide, and he is now suffering from a bone bruise.

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Unfortunately, Eaton’s bone bruise will likely send him to the disabled list. The good news, though, is that he expects to return as soon as he is eligible and will use the time off to strengthen his leg.

With Eaton on the disabled list, Andrew Stevenson or Moises Sierra will likely receive a promotion. Victor Robles may have gotten an opportunity to prove himself in Eaton’s absence, but he is hurt as well.

While Eaton is on the disabled list, expect Brian Goodwin, Matt Adams, Matt Reynolds, and whoever they call up to receive playing time in left field. Howie Kendrick can play there as well, but he has mostly been filling in for Daniel Murphy at second base.

Although a trip to the disabled list is never good, this may be a blessing in disguise. If this ensures that Eaton’s leg will not give him any more trouble for the rest of the year, that is a great thing.

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Until we hear more on Eaton, we have this afternoon’s game to look forward to. A.J. Cole and the Nats will attempt to sweep the Braves before taking on the Colorado Rockies in a four-game set.

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