OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
2 days ago

Eaton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Eaton continues to recover from a torn ACL that he suffered in April, but all signs point to the outfielder being fully healthy by the time Opening Day rolls around. Although Eaton was pressing to make it back for a playoff run this past October, once the team was eliminated by the Cubs in the NLDS, the trainers decided to scale back his rehab in order to give him the best opportunity to be 100 percent for 2018. Looking ahead, there will likely be another update on Eaton's status by February.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
7 days ago

Manager Davey Martinez said Eaton (knee) will bat leadoff and play left field in 2018, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is assuming Eaton, who tore his ACL in April, will be healthy by the start of the season, which appears to be the case at this point. While the 29-year-old played in just 23 games for the Nationals last season, he demonstrated his value as a top-tier table setter in that short time, hitting .297/.393/.462 with 24 runs scored, three stolen bases and an 18:14 K:BB. With Eaton shifting to left field and Bryce Harper entrenched in right, Michael Taylor will likely start the season in center for Washington.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
1 month ago

Eaton (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Eaton tore his ACL in late April, and was only able to appear in 23 games for the Nationals this season, but should be able to return to full health by the start of the 2018 campaign. During those games, he slashed .297/.393/.462 with two home runs and 13 RBI.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
4 months ago

Eaton (knee) took batting practice Saturday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Eaton has said that he'd like to return before the 2017 season ends, the team has yet to give any indication that such a goal is possible. Regardless of whether or not a 2017 return becomes attainable, it's great that Eaton has been able to make such steady progress recovering from the ACL tear that he suffered in April.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
4 months ago

Eaton (knee) has been able to run and swing a bat for the past couple weeks, and is not willing to rule out a return before the end of the 2017 season, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It appears extremely far-fetched that Eaton could somehow return to the field this year after tearing his ACL in late April, but the outfielder remained hopeful that he could rejoin the Nationals in the later rounds of the playoffs if all goes well for him and the team. Whether he's able to rush back or not, it's encouraging news that Eaton has been progressing well with all phases of the game.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
6 months ago

Eaton (knee) has full extension of his surgically repaired knee and is apparently ahead of schedule on his rehab, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's certainly a good sign that Eaton's rehab is going well and he's progressing more quickly than expected. He'll be out the remainder of 2017 but should be ready to get back in action during early 2018.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
7 months ago

The Nationals transferred Eaton (knee) to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's merely a formality considering Eaton already underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2017 seasons. He'll be closely watched heading into 2018 spring training to see if he can regain the speed and excellent bat skills that made him a breakthrough candidate before he suffered the injury.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
7 months ago

Eaton (knee) underwent surgery Tuesday to address his left ACL and meniscus tear, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Eaton reported no complications during the procedure and is still facing a recovery timetable of six-to-nine months. For all intents and purposes, Eaton is out for the season, which will force the Nationals to get by with Michael Taylor as their primary option in center field for the time being. In the 10 games that Eaton has already missed, Taylor is slashing .289/.341/.421 with a pair of stolen bases, but has struck out 15 times in 38 at-bats.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
8 months ago

Eaton (knee) was officially diagnosed with a "full thickness" ACL tear, meniscus tear and a high ankle sprain Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. He's expected to be out six-to-nine months.

EDGE Analysis

Sunday's injury diagnosis suggests that it is highly unlikely that Eaton is able to return at any point during the 2017 season after tearing up his knee during Friday's game against the Mets. General manager Mike Rizzo said that the team likes its in-house options at center field, so it appears that Michael Taylor will serve as Eaton's replacement going forward.

OUTAdam Eaton
CF WSH
8 months ago

Eaton is out for the remainder of the season with a torn left ACL, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a huge blow to Eaton and the Nationals, considering he was placed on the 10-day DL with what was thought to be a strained knee, but a subsequent MRI confirmed the team's worst fears Saturday. The lefty, traded to Washington this offseason, had been off to a great start on the young season -- hitting .297/.393/.462 with 13 RBI -- yet appears bound for surgery within the coming weeks. Eaton will still carry value in dynasty leagues as he undergoes the long recovery process and opens up a major opportunity for Michael Taylor to take over an everyday role in center field.