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X-rays reveal Adam Eaton only injured his pride

Brian Tinsman
April 05, 2018 - 11:15 pm

Adam Eaton is off to one of the hottest starts in all of MLB, which makes him the perfect candidate for a tragic injury during the team's home opener. 

He very nearly obliged on Thursday, injuring himself on a slide into home plate and exiting the game two innings later.

Fortunately, it turned out to be precautionary.

"He tweaked his ankle on the slide home, so precautionary," explained skipper Dave Martinez after the game. "He caught his spike or toe when he slid at home. and he said it felt weird, so we know it’s the left one [that> he hurt last year, so I just said, 'Hey, let’s not chance it, just go get it looked at.'

"He went and got seen, took X-rays, everything is negative. He said he feels fine."

Eaton had a funny way of looking at it.

"I think my pride was hurt more than anything else," he said, light-heartedly. "It was a little tweak. We taped it and went back out and it felt better.

"I made that slide a million times. But this is the big leagues and you have to be able to run and do a lot of things at a high level. It was a precautionary thing to leave the game."

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post covered the Nats' home opener and shared his reservations in the handling of Eaton on Chad Dukes vs. The World after the game.

"It sounds like they dodged a bullet there, at least for now. I do kind of question the wisdom of sending Eaton in that spot. On April 5, I'm not sure that's a run that is so necessary that you risk the catalyst of your offense, who is coming off of knee and ankle surgery. 

"But I think they dodged a bullet. He should be back in the lineup--he'll take some time and maybe he'll get back in there Monday or Tuesday. But it sounds like, if he had to, he could get back in there Saturday even."

 

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