Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner will return to the team prior to their game on Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins, according to Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
Turner last appeared for Washington back on June 29 and has since been sidelined with a broken right wrist. He was entering the season looking for his first full campaign as the Nationals’ starting shortstop, but has been limited to just 68 games in 2017, where he is batting .279 with a .324 on-base percentage. He has clubbed seven home runs and collected 32 RBIs, but still entered the night third in the National League in stolen bases (35) despite his absence.
Just a year ago, Turner finished second in the NL’s Rookie of the Year voting behind Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. He collected 35 extra-base hits in the 73 games he appeared, adding 33 stolen bases.
Without Turner up the middle, the team has turned primarily to Wilmer Difo, who has batted .283, collected 14 extra-base hits and swiped eight bases during the year.
Turner’s absence has been one of many Washington has incurred this season, along with losing center fielder Adam Eaton to a torn ACL. Bryce Harper has also gone down with a bone bruise. On Monday night, the team got back outfielder Jayson Werth, who homered in his return from an extended absence.
Despite the injuries, the Nationals went into play on Monday with a 12-game lead in the National League East over the Miami Marlins. At 27 games above .500, the team sits just a half game behind the Houston Astros for the second best record in baseball.