Eaton traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to get a second opinion on his ankle, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post. However, Eaton had surgery after Janes said that the doctors “discovered a chondral flap problem” in his ankle, which he injured on while attempting a slide in mid-April.
This is a major blow to Eaton and the Nationals, as this is the second huge injury for Eaton in as many seasons.
After coming to Washington last season via a trade with the White Sox in hopes of boosting the Nationals’ outfield as they try to win a World Series now, Eaton tore his anterior cruciate ligament in late April of that year, putting him out for the season. He only played 23 games in 2017.
This year, Eaton has only played eight games for the Nationals, but he was hitting the ball really well, slashing .345/.424/.655 with two home runs and five RBI. In his limited time in D.C., Eaton has hit .308/.400/.508 with four homers and 18 RBI in 140 plate appearances.