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Washington Nationals’ Matt Adams has sprained AC joint in left shoulder

SB Nation logo SB Nation 9/16/2019 Patrick Reddington
Matt Adams wearing a hat and sunglasses © Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Matt Adams was in the midst of a brutal stretch that saw him go 2 for 38 (.053/.143/.079) with a double, three walks, and 19 Ks in 15 games (nine starts) and 42 plate appearances before he tweaked his left shoulder in Minnesota.

“He’s got a little tweak in his shoulder/triceps area,” Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters in Target Field after lifting Adams before the bottom of the fourth on Thursday.

“It was getting stiff on him so we just took him out,” he added. “We’ll know more when we get back home.”

Adams, 31, returned to Washington this winter, after playing for the Nationals until he was traded to St. Louis late in the 2018 campaign, signing a 1-year/$4M deal that includes a mutual option for 2020 ($4M or a $1M buyout). He had a .226/.278/.475 line with a total of 14 doubles and 20 home runs on the season before the injury.

Adams visited with doctors on Saturday and Martinez updated reporters on the diagnosis in advance of the series finale with the Braves on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Adams has an AC sprain,” Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr.

“So, he’s going to be day-to-day. I talked to him yesterday. He’s just a bit sore. He’s getting some medication. So hopefully in the next few days we’ll see where he’s at.”

With Ryan Zimmerman back, Howie Kendrick available, and Asdrúbal Cabrera, who’s played first for the Nationals in three games so far and is a switch hitter, giving the Nationals a left-handed option if it’s needed, Martinez has a variety of choices at first base each day, but if Adams is going to be out for any significant time, they’d miss his pop off the bench.

The Nationals are already without Kurt Suzuki, who injured his elbow during the series with the Braves in Atlanta last weekend.

Martinez said on Sunday that Suzuki could take some swings on the field during the series in St. Louis this week, though he has to start throwing again before they can start thinking about his return.

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