Manager Dave Martinez suggested Wednesday that Trea Turner, rather than Robles, was the most likely option to serve as the Nationals' leadoff man to begin the season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Martinez indicated early on in camp that Robles would receive a look atop the lineup, and that's held true so far, with the speedy outfielder serving as a leadoff man in three of his four appearances. However, only one of those turns atop the lineup have come when Turner has also played, and Martinez spoke Wednesday of a desire to keep Turner and Adam Eaton alongside one another at the top of the order when the season gets underway. Robles should still have ample running opportunities even if occupies a spot in the bottom third of the lineup like he did for most of last season, but fantasy managers might have to temper expectations about him taking a major step forward in terms of runs (86 in 2019) and RBI (65).
Robles went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in a split-squad game against the Mets on Saturday. He was slotted in at DH in his return to the lineup from a minor oblique strain. Robles is probably still a couple days away from seeing action in center field, but at this point there's no reason to think his status for Opening Day is in any jeopardy.
Robles (oblique) is scheduled to serve as a designated hitter during one of Saturday's split-squad games, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Manager Dave Martinez previously indicated hitting hasn't been much of a concern for the 22-year-old, so it's not a major surprise to see him eased back into the lineup at DH. Robles sustained the oblique injury in late February while making a throw from center field, and his return to the outfield in game action figures to be a better indication of his return to full health.
Robles (oblique) could be back in the Nationals' lineup sometime this weekend, Pete Kerzel of MASN Sports reports. It's been a week now since Robles last appeared in a game, but manager Davey Martinez said Tuesday that Robles is "getting better." Robles injured himself on a throw from center field. He took some cuts in the cage Tuesday and Martinez said that hitting does not seem to be an issue for Robles. The 22-year-old was getting a look atop the batting order before this injury setback.
Robles underwent an MRI on his left oblique which came back negative Saturday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. Robles hit in a cage Saturday, and manager Dave Martinez said the young outfielder felt fine, so it doesn't appear as though there's any real reason to worry about Robles' readiness for the upcoming season. This seems to be nothing more than early-camp caution.