Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, who needed help to leave the pitch on Friday, suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and will not play again this season, general manager Mike Rizzo , to the press.
Rizzo also revealed that Eaton suffers a meniscal tear and a major sprained ankle.
There is no scheduled surgery, according to reports Rizzo gave to reporters, adding that the outfielder is expected to miss six to nine months.
Eaton, 28, suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the New York Mets that his team lost on a 7-5 board. He hit the first base and collapsed in a scene that left the current crowd at Nationals Park dumb.
Acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox that included the top two prospect pitchers plus the first-round draft pick of the 2016 Draft, he was hitting .297 with two homers and 13 RBIs. His .393 base percentage is the second best among the leading batters (with a minimum of 50 plate appearances in that position), just behind Kevin Pillar of Toronto (.418).
Since his first full season in 2014, Eaton has been one of the best outfielders in baseball, only four other players outperform him in WAR.
Trea Turner, who competed last year in the National League Rookie of the Year career, will return to replace Eaton.
Michael A. Taylor is the first choice to take the place of Eaton in the center, but gave the impression that manager Dusty Baker wants Taylor to start batting better before he gets the job. Taylor started Saturday for .095 (21-2), but raised his average to .192 after going 5-3, hitting second, behind Turner.
The Nationals placed Eaton on the disabled list on Saturday. To use Eaton’s place on the roster, Washington again called from Triple A in Syracuse to Rafael Bautista before the 5-3 defeat to the Mets.