Update, July 1st — Soto will play Thursday vs. the Dodgers while Turner will sit to open up the series.
Next man up.#NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/vkQwUMECGC— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 1, 2021
The Washington Nationals got a huge day on Wednesday from outfielder Juan Soto and shortstop Trea Turner, but both also had to leave the game early. The two combined to go 7-for-9 with seven runs and three RBIs in a 15-9 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Turner tied a major league record in the win, hitting for the cycle for the third time in his career. He is now tied with Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel, and John Reilly who all hit for the cycle three times in their respective careers. However, Turner left in the seventh inning when Ryan Zimmerman pinch-hit for him. Jordy Mercer replaced him at short.
Soto was replaced in the ninth inning after flying out to center to close out the eighth inning. Gerardo Parra replaced Soto in right field for the final frame.
The departures would have made sense amidst the blowout win, but after the game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez had an update on both players, per Gene Wang. He told the media that Turner jammed his left little finger and is day-to-day and Juan Soto was dealing with cramps. Martinez is hopeful both can play on Thursday, but it’s unclear for the time being.