Nationals shortstop has broken finger

WASHINGTON — A bad night got even worse for the Nationals on Tuesday, as the club announced shortstop Trea Turner broke right his right index finger Tuesday while trying to bunt in the first inning.

Turner squared to bunt against Phillies starter Zach Eflin but the pitch hit his hand, which was wrapped around the bat.

“I don’t expect anybody to throw at my head, so for me when I see a ball in that kind of tunnel my first thought is a slider. I tried staying in there with the bunt and it just kept running,” Turner said after the game.

The Phillies won 8-2 in Bryce Harper’s first game back in Washington since joining the Phillies. 

After being examined by the athletic training staff, Turner left the game for X-rays, which revealed the extent of the damage. 

“I couldn’t move it. I’ve never had anything dislocated so I figured that’s what it was,” Turner said. “It might have been a combination of that and also with the break, I’m not really sure. But I couldn’t move it so I knew something wasn’t good.”

Turner, 25, suffered a similar injury in 2017, a broken wrist as a result of being hit by a pitch. That injury kept him out for two months.

He said he didn’t know at this point how long this injury would sideline him. 

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Wilmer Difo replaced Turner on Tuesday and looks to be the fill-in shortstop while Turner is out.

“Things happen. Next man in line,” Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer said after the extent of Turner’s injury was announced. “Difo has got to come up and he’s gotta play. …

“He’s been in the situation where he’s had an opportunity to play and he’s played well for us in the past, so here’s a new opportunity for Difo.”

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