Nationals place Turner on 10-day DL with strained hamstring

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Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Coming into this season, Turner was-and still is-expected to follow through on his breakout debut in 2016. The hope was that Turner would be back sometime this week, but the youngster is going to take some additional time to heal up. The new rule is a part of MLB's collective bargaining agreement finalized last fall. The designation to the Disabled List was backdated to Sunday so Turner may miss only eight more games. He is 3 for 19 with a double and three stolen bases this season.

There's no indication that Turner will miss significant time due to the injury, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweets that the move merely allows the team to proceed with caution.




In past years, the loss of a lead-off hitter could have changed the complexion of the Nationals' lineup, but the arrival of centerfielder Adam Eaton reverses that trend.

The other factor that should help the Nationals is how the team has built its bench.

Turner has become the Nationals starting shortstop in 2017 and it has seemingly affected his offense so far. Stephen Drew will fill in at shortstop until he's back to full health. The speedier Difo, however, could get his share of at-bats before Turner returns. That's 20 players with 30 Major League Baseball teams.

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