Washington Nationals awaiting test results on Juan Soto’s calf

Washington Nationals awaiting test results on Juan Soto’s calf

The Washington Nationals say slugger Juan Soto left Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Miami Marlins with a left calf injury.

According to the team, Soto was undergoing an MRI after the game to determine the extent of the injury.

« We’ll reevaluate him and see what’s going on, » manager Dave Martinez said.

Soto flexed and pointed to his left leg after making a throw in right field in the third inning and was taken out after being involved in a rundown in the fourth.


Soto had his hitting streak snapped at eight games after getting walked twice.

« Oh, yeah, it’s terrifying, obviously, » said Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, who ended Pablo Lopez’s no-hit bid in the seventh and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth. « Fingers crossed that it’s not anything too, too time-consuming. We’ll see. I know he’s probably going to get the results back here soon. I know we’re all holding our breath for him. I guess time will tell.

In other Nationals news, Martinez said right-hander Victor Arano (inflamed left knee) is close to returning after throwing a bullpen session and going through some agility drills, with a trip to the team’s minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, up next before a rehab assignment.

Righty Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the 60-day injured list with a pinched nerve in his neck since April, was set to throw roughly 60 pitches over four innings or so Sunday night for Triple-A Rochester. And lefty Evan Lee (left arm) is also expected to start a throwing program in Florida, Martinez said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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