Washington Nationals star Juan Soto says he’s avoided major calf injury

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals star Juan Soto said an MRI on his left calf showed no damage after he walked out of Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins due to tightness.

“Everything was fine,” Soto said. “We’ll be good. They said it’s just a little tight so we’ll just give it a few days and see how it goes.”

Soto, 23, was not in Washington’s lineup Monday, and he said he would take it day by day.

Soto said he felt something tighten behind his left knee and in his calf after a throw in right field near the top of the third inning on Sunday. He folded after running the bases and engaging in a rundown at the end of the fourth.

“It hasn’t felt that good, so I’m just making the decision to retire from the game and make sure everything is okay before I go ahead and make it worse,” Soto said. “You don’t want to walk out of the game that easily. I want to be out there, I want to give my 100 percent, so I wanted to try.”

Soto started Sunday with an eight-game hitting streak. It makes sense that the Nats would be extra cautious given the franchise they’re trying to sign to a long-term deal.

Teammates were worried about Soto before he got the MRI, but he’s already showing some progress.

“Today I feel better, and I hope I feel better tomorrow too, and we’ll take it from there,” Soto said. “I’ll just see how good it is.”

Washington opens a three-game series at NL East rivals Philadelphia on Tuesday. Right-hander Jackson Tetreault will not play against the Phillies after being placed on the 15-day injury list with a scapula stress fracture in his right shoulder.

Tetreault struggled with some discomfort but couldn’t lift that arm very high after Saturday’s start and thought it was time to say something. His MRI showed far worse news than Soto’s.

“I would much rather have that fixed than keep playing with it and maybe not doing it well and end up hurting the team,” he said. “As much as I want to be out there, that’s for the best.”

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34193161/washington-nationals-star-juan-soto-says-avoided-major-calf-injury Washington Nationals star Juan Soto says he’s avoided major calf injury

Emma Bowman

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