The Nationals placed Kieboom on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left wrist contusion, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Kieboom wasn't progressing as quickly as hoped after being struck in the hand by a 95 mile-per-hour Zack Wheeler sinker in Monday's game against the Phillies, prompting the Nationals to shutter him for the season. After a rough 11-game cameo with the big club in 2019, the 23-year-old showed slight improvement this season, but his .202/.344/.212 slash line over 122 plate appearances still left much to be desired. Kieboom will likely have to battle for an everyday role at third base in spring training rather than being handed the job outright.
Kieboom (hand) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.
Kieboom is dealing with a bruised left hand after a hit-by-pitch forced him out of Monday's contest. He sat out both games of Tuesday's twin bill, and he'll remain sidelined for the series finale against the Phillies. Brock Holt will start at the hot corner Wednesday.
Kieboom (hand) remains on the bench for the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against Philadelphia.
A bruised hand following a hit-by-pitch forced Kieboom out of Monday's game, and he'll be on the bench for both of Tuesday's games. Brock Holt starts at the hot corner this time around.
Kieboom (hand) will not start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Kieboom left Monday's contest after getting hit by a pitch in the hand, though X-rays revealed nothing worse than a bruise. Whether or not he's in contention for the nightcap is uncertain. Josh Harrison starts at third base in his absence.
Kieboom's X-rays on his left hand came back negative, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Kieboom has been diagnosed with a bone contusion in his left hand after being hit by a pitch Monday night. The Nationals will evaluate him on a daily basis moving forward.
Kieboom left Monday's game against the Phillies after being struck by a pitch on his left hand, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Kieboom immediately left the contest after being drilled, and he's likely headed for X-rays. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
Kieboom will start at third base and will bat eighth Monday against the Phillies.
The Nationals plan to stick with Kieboom as their everyday third baseman the rest of the season, but the early returns from the rookie haven't been overly impressive from a fantasy standpoint. Since becoming a lineup regular Sept. 5, Kieboom has slashed .213/.327/.234 with zero home runs, zero steals, seven runs and four RBI over 15 games.
Kieboom isn't in Saturday's lineup against Atlanta.
Kieboom went 0-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts over the last two games, and he'll take a breather Saturday. Brock Holt will start at third base in his absence.
Kieboom was recalled by the Nationals on Saturday and is expected to serve as the team's primary third baseman going forward, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Kieboom was primarily a shortstop in the minors, but he's blocked at that position by Trea Turner for the foreseeable future. He hasn't shown the offensive numbers necessary for the hot corner through his first 107 career big-league plate appearances, hitting just .169/.299/.236. The Nationals currently sit second-to-last in the National League, however, so they have little reason not to give the 23-year-old the opportunity to prove that he's part of the team's future.
Kieboom has been swinging the bat better at the Nationals' alternate site and according to manager Dave Martinez could rejoin the big-league roster "in the next week or so," Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
"I'd love to get him back up here and let him play. I want him to gain some confidence again, and then when he comes up here, see what he can do," Martinez said Wednesday. Kieboom had zero extra-base hits and a 38.7 percent strikeout rate when he was jettisoned from the roster, and the 23-year-old may not immediately regain the starting job at third base when he returns given the Nats' wealth of veteran utility options who can fill in at the hot corner.
Kieboom was sent to Washington's alternate camp site Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Kieboom has struggled across 14 appearances this month, going just 6-for-41 with zero extra-base hits and 17 strikeouts. There's a chance the 22-year-old rejoins the big club down the stretch, but for now Asdrubal Cabrera (foot) should handle the majority of the playing time at third base.
Kieboom will start at third base and will bat eighth Sunday against the Marlins.
Though Kieboom will pick up his eighth start in 10 games, he could soon be headed to more of a reserve role now that Howie Kendrick has moved past the hamstring injury that had sidelined him for just over a week. With a meager .602 OPS and no extra-base hits through 56 plate appearances, Kieboom hasn't made a compelling case for earning a full-time job at hot corner.
Kieboom went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.
Making his second career start at third base, Kieboom appeared to be fully recovered from the minor groin tweak that was bothering him to begin the season and restricted him in the field. The 22-year-old is still looking for his first extra-base hit of 2020, but Kieboom has gone 4-for-9 with a strong 3:3 BB:K through three games. Now that he's healthy, expect him to settle in as the Nats' starting third baseman.
Kieboom is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays.
Kieboom is on the bench for the third time in four games to begin the season, but it's worth noting that he's been nursing a groin issue that has rendered him unable to play the field for now. The rookie is still available to serve as a designated hitter, but because the Nationals prefer to use Howie Kendrick in that capacity, at-bats have been hard to come by for Kieboom. At least until the Nationals are more comfortable with Kieboom's health, Asdrubal Cabrera looks primed to serve as the team's top option at the hot corner.
Kieboom is dealing with a groin injury but will serve as the designated hitter Saturday against the Yankees, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The injury evidently only hurts when he moves laterally, so he'll be able to hit and run the bases. Saturday's game will be his season debut, as he didn't appear in Thursday's season opener. Exactly how often he'll be in the lineup this year remains to be seen, as he's expected to split time at the hot corner with Asdrubal Cabrera.
Manager Dave Martinez said after Saturday's exhibition game that both Kieboom and Asdrubal Cabrera will play third base this season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The skipper was then asked a follow-up question regarding Kieboom being the starter, but he reiterated that both players will see time at the hot corner. Martinez said early in summer training that Kieboom was expected to be the everyday starter at third base this season, but it was Cabrera who received the start for the first exhibition contest. Kieboom made his major-league debut last season and struggled in 11 games with a .128/.209/.282 slash line and 16 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances, and it appears he's ticketed for some form of matchup-based platoon to begin 2020.
Kieboom drew praise from manager Dave Martinez for his defensive work Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. "He looks really good. He really does," Martinez said. "I could tell that he took these last three months and really got some work done. His feet are working really well over there."
The 22-year-old was primarily a shortstop in the minors, but Kieboom's been handed the enormous task of replacing Anthony Rendon at third base this season, so his ability to make the necessary defensive adjustments is crucial. If he struggles, either in the field or at the plate, the Nats do have veteran alternatives such as Asdrubal Cabrera who can step in for Kieboom, however.
Kieboom will be the Nationals' starting third baseman to open the season, Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports.
The 22-year-old failed to impress in a brief, 11-game stint at the big-league level last season, hitting .128/.209/.282 with a 37.2 percent strikeout rate. He's evidently going to be handed an everyday role for the defending champions despite the fact that he's yet to establish himself, though the Nationals do have Asdrubal Cabrera available to take the job from him should he stumble early.
Kieboom went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit this spring. Kieboom had a sluggish start to camp, but he appears to be getting comfortable in the batter's box and has pushed his slash line up to .250/.419/.292 through 31 plate appearances. The same can't be said for his defense, however -- the 22-year-old committed his third error in 11 games Sunday, a clear sign that his conversion to third base remains a work in progress. Kieboom still has a couple weeks to prove to the Nats' coaching staff that he's ready to handle the position right from Opening Day, and that he won't need more time in the minors to adjust.
Kieboom committed an error at third base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game, then went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
The Nats' top prospect is being given every chance to win the starting job at the hot corner this spring, but so far he's struggling both in the field and at the plate, where he's hitting only .083 (1-for-12), albeit with six walks in 22 plate appearances. "He might be pressing just a little bit," manager Dave Martinez said. "I tried telling him: 'Go up there and have fun. Be aggressive.' " If Kieboom isn't able to turn things around over the next couple weeks, Washington has plenty of veteran infield depth available if it decides he needs more seasoning at Triple-A to begin the season.
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