Nats’ Juan Soto avoids major calf injury

Field Level Media

July 04, 2022 at 8:15 pm.

Washington Nationals star Juan Soto said Monday “everything was fine” with his left calf but that he will miss a few days of starting assignments.

Soto exited Sunday’s 7-4 loss to Miami in the fourth inning after the calf tightened while he was running the bases and was tagged out at home. He underwent an MRI exam Sunday night.

“We’re going to be good,” Soto told reporters ahead of Monday’s game. “They said it’s just a little tight, so it’s going to take a couple days and see how it goes. It all depends on how I feel day by day.”

The outfielder was not in the starting lineup for the Nats’ Monday matinee against the visiting Miami Marlins. Soto ended up getting into the game when he was called upon to pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth. He drew a four-pitch walk and was replaced by a pinch-runner in Washington’s eventual 3-2 loss.

The 23-year-old Soto is batting a career-low .226 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 80 games this season.

Soto was National League MVP runner-up last season when he had a .313 batting average and a league-best .465 on-base percentage. He had 29 homers and 95 RBIs in 151 games.