WASHINGTON -- Kyle Schwarber, a limo driver for the Washington Nationals, walked into the dugout Saturday wearing a heavy wrap that poked out from his right side.
After being put on the 10-day injured waiting list for a right hamstring strain, Schwarber was wearing shower shoes and tried to remain positive when meeting reporters. His return is uncertain.
Schwarber stated, "It's certainly not the best, but it is not the worst." "Just accept it as it is."
He was one of the most popular hitters in major leagues, hitting 16 home runs in June. Seven of these were leading off games. All of these were crucial for the Nationals who went 19-9 during June to turn around their season.
Schwarber stated that he doesn't need to have his hamstring repaired. He will instead use compression therapy to reduce swelling. He will then proceed with strengthening exercises and rest.
Schwarber has never suffered a hamstring injury before. In 2016, Schwarber tore ligaments in his left leg. He was able to return to the Chicago Cubs in 2016 after tearing two ligaments in his left knee.
He laughed and said, "That worked out."
Schwarber claimed that he heard a popping sound right before reaching first base in Friday's second inning. He thought he would make it to second base when he hit a line drive right into the gap in the right-centerfield field. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers center fielder, cut the ball off and prevented it from rolling to the warning track. Schwarber was forced to stop abruptly. On the way back, he immediately reached for his right hamstring.
A Saturday MRI revealed a "significant" strain.
Schwarber stated, "A lot of thoughts run through your head," "You hope it's not too bad. You are aware of the current state of the team in terms of injuries. It's possible it won't be too serious, that was the biggest thought that came to my mind. It wasn't the worst I could have hoped for."
Washington's injured roster includes starters Stephen Strasburg, Erick Fedde and relievers Tanner Rainey and Daniel Hudson, Kyle Finnegan, Will Harris, Tanner Rainey and Daniel Hudson, as well as outfielder Andrew Stevenson and utility infielder Jordy Mercer and backup catcher Alex Avila.
Washington paid cash to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Alcides Escobar. Escobar has not been to the major leagues since 2018. Washington also sent money to the Kansas City Royals to help provide infield depth. Trea Turner, starting shortstop, injured his left middle finger Wednesday. Although he has not played since, he has not been placed on any injured list. Escobar began Saturday night against Los Angeles.
On Saturday, the Nationals also recall Yadiel Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester and Tres Barrera from Triple A Rochester.
Schwarber will be without Gerardo Parra or Hernandez. Hernandez and Gerardo Parra will fill in for Schwarber.