By Sam Bush
You may see Trea Turner batting third in the Nats lineup sometime soon.
Davey Martinez is seriously considering it.
“This is something that we’re going to kind of mess around with early and see where we’re at,” the manager said. “I just love the way he hits. But I also like him and (Adam) Eaton, the way they work together 1-2.”
Turner and Eaton made for a dynamic 1-2 punch atop the Nationals lineup last season, and there’s no denying their contributions to the club’s first World Series title. But with Anthony Rendon gone, somebody needs to bat third in front of Juan Soto this year. And though there are multiple options – Howie Kendrick, Starlin Castro, Ryan Zimmerman (to name a few) – Turner most definitely is in the mix.
So look for it to happen sometime soon, with Grapefruit League play set to commence Saturday night.