Nationals activate Trea Turner from DL

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The Washington Nationals have reinstated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday night’s game against the New York Mets.

Despite his activation, he will not be in the starting lineup for his first game back. To make room for him on the roster, the team designated infielder Grant Green for assignment.

Turner has not appeared in a game since April 8 when he suffered a strained right hamstring. He has appeared as the team’s starting shortstop in all five games he’s appeared in this season, getting off to a 3-for-19 start with 7 strikeouts. He has just 1 extra-base hit, but has stolen 3 bases.

After he spent much of 2016 in the minor leagues, Turner was called up for the stretch run for Washington, playing in 73 games and getting more than 300 at-bats. He finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, finishing the year as a .342/.370/.567 hitter with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.

A former first-round pick of the San Diego Padres (13th overall) in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of North Carolina State, Turner found his way to the Nationals in a three-team trade that saw them send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Tampa Bay Rays, getting Turner and right-handed pitcher Joe Ross back in return. The Padres received Wil Myers in that trade.

Infielder Grant Green collected just 3 at-bats with Washington prior to being designated for assignment. A five-year MLB veteran, Green has appeared with four teams during his time in the majors.

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