Eaton (ankle) Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports to be back in six weeks, source reports.
Eaton has been out since April 11 with an ankle injury and underwent surgery in early May. He's eligible to come off the disabled list June 8, though a six-week timetable would have him come back in late June. He also revealed that he's battling a knee injury in addition to his dislocated ankle, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. The slide that caused the ankle injury apparently also reinjured the ACL which had kept him out for almost the entirety of the 2017 season.
Matt Wieters is heading to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, and the Nationals needed to create room on the 40-man roster for an additional catcher. Eaton underwent left ankle surgery Thursday but has been on the disabled list since early April. The 29-year-old will be eligible to come off the disabled list June 8, but that date seems optimistic at this point and he currently has no timetable for his return.
Eaton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports.
This is a tough break for Eaton, who has been on the shelf since April 11 with an ankle injury that he suffered during an awkward slide. The 29-year-old underwent the procedure after a visit with renowned orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson in Wisconsin earlier in the week revealed a cartilage issue in his ankle. He's currently in a walking boot and remains without a timetable for his return. While he'll likely be sidelined for an extended period, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports that a return this season remains in play.
Eaton is in Wisconsin seeking a second opinion on his injured ankle, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Eaton has been on the shelf since April 11 with an ankle injury that he suffered during an awkward slide. While he recently shed a walking boot that he was sporting to help stabilize the injury, his trip to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson in Green Bay suggests the issue isn't improving as the team hoped. The results of the meeting aren't known at this point, nor is the next step in Eaton's recovery.
Eaton was spotted in the locker room Sunday without a walking boot on his injured left ankle, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
While it's seemingly positive that Eaton no longer needs the boot to protect the ankle, it shouldn't be taken as evidence that the outfielder has taken a substantial step forward in his recovery. According to Byron Kerr of MASN Sports, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that Eaton will continue to travel with the club during its upcoming West Coast swing, but there's no guarantee that he'll be cleared to resume baseball activities at any point on the trip. The absences of Eaton and Brian Goodwin (wrist) should continue to open up more time in left field for Howie Kendrick, Matt Adams and Andrew Stevenson.
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