After two weeks out of action after suffering a strain in his left shoulder, the Nationals have decided to reactivate the Dominican star from the disabled list.
For the second consecutive season, Juan Soto had to lose games at the beginning of his season as part of his inclusion on the disabled list.
In 2020 it was due to health protocols related to COVID-19, while in 2021, a problem with his left shoulder limited the Dominican’s actions for two weeks. However, Washington Nationals has given the good news that the player will be reactivated and will soon be in action.
Soto suffered a strain in the left shoulder during the month of April which made the Nationals decide to put him on the 10-day disabled list. The seriousness of the situation was due to the fact that the Dominican felt discomfort when throwing the ball (more than when batting). Despite being activated, Juan Soto will not be playing on Tuesday, but he will be available to come off the bench, perhaps as a way to give his shoulder an extra day of rest. Instead, Yadiel Hernández will start in right field.
At the time of his injury, Soto said: “I feel like it’s something that will make me feel better. If you remember last year, I had to quarantine and came back stronger, so I’ll try to do the same. “
Additionally, he added: “It has been difficult. I try to do my best to be on the pitch. I come to the field every day to work on my body and everything else, I try to do everything well to prevent this from happening to me. It’s hard to be on the disabled list, but they want to keep me safe. It is a long season. We want to play late in the season, not just now. Better to lose a couple of games right now than to lose half the season. “
In fourteen games played in 2021, Soto is hitting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs. He has a .410 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .460 slugging percentage (SLG), good for an .870 OPS.
So far, the Nationals have twelve wins and the same number of losses, while occupying the top spot in the NL East division, so the reinstatement of Juan Soto is an obvious improvement to his chances of retaining that leadership.