Turner has been doing whatever baseball activities he can without using his broken index finger, but he remains without a clear timetable, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Turner reportedly had a rough 4-to-6-week timetable after breaking his finger on a bunt attempt on April 2, but the Nationals have yet to confirm even a rough target return date. Wilmer Difo has started every game at shortstop in his absence.
Turner's tentative timeline to recover from his broken finger is 4-to-6 weeks, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Turner broke his right index finger while attempting to bunt April 2. It remains difficult to predict exactly when he'll be back, but the latest report is in line with the initial estimates, which held that Turner's timetable would be longer than three weeks. Wilmer Difo has started every game at shortstop in his absence.
The Nationals placed Turner (finger) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Infielder Adrian Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move, but Wilmer Difo is expected to serve as the Nationals' everyday shortstop while Turner is out indefinitely with a broken right index finger. A firm timeline for Turner's return may not be established until he's re-evaluated by doctors, but general manager Mike Rizzo noted Wednesday that the fact that Turner suffered a clean break of the finger on his throwing hand may necessitate a longer recovery, per Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. Rizzo suggested that Turner would likely need more time to heal than the three weeks teammate Matt Adams required after breaking a finger in 2018.
Turner was diagnosed with a broken right index finger after Tuesday's loss to the Phillies, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Turner exited Tuesday's game after being struck by a pitch on a bunt attempt during the first inning. This is worst-case scenario for the Nationals as the 25-year-old is now likely headed to the injured list for a significant absence, though he has no official timetable for his return. Wilmer Difo will likely be called upon to fill in at shortstop in the short term.
Turner will undergo X-rays on his finger after being struck by a pitch Tuesday against the Phillies, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Turner was hit on what appeared to be his right index finger on a bunt attempt during his first at-bat of the game and exited after a brief consultation with the athletic trainer. Wilmer Difo entered the game at shortstop in what is a concerning development for the Nationals.