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Nats’ Juan Soto avoids major calf injury, out a few days

Jul 2, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) hits a home run against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

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

The outfielder was not in the lineup for the Nats’ Monday matinee against the visiting Miami Marlins.

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 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 23-year-old Soto is batting a career-low .226 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 79 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.

–Field Level Media