September 22, 2021

Trea Turner Undergoes Surgery On Index Finger (MLB Trade Rumors)

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery this weekend on his index finger, according to an Instagram post from the player’s profiled relayed by Todd Dybas of NBC Sports (link).

The shortstop originally suffered a fracture to the digit while trying to bunt in an Apr 2 game against the Phillies. Though the break required Turner to sit on the IL for roughly six weeks, the 26-year-old ultimately returned to action and gutted out another strong season. If Turner was hindered by only having full use of nine fingers, his .298/.353/.497 slash line over 569 PAs certainly indicated otherwise.

While the bad hand didn’t seem to dampen Turner’s output at the plate, his defense certainly may have suffered as a result; the NC State product logged a -10 DRS and -7 UZR at short in 2019 after recording slightly above-average fielding metrics in 2018. Still, Turner’s overall performance was good enough for 3.5 fWAR and 2.4 bWAR valuations on the year.

While D.C. may have to address the…

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