Despite having a 42-45 record and being fourth in the NL East, the Washington Nationals are just 5.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets. If the Nationals want to leapfrog over the rest of their divisional rivals, that could be easier said than done after the latest news surrounding catcher Yan Gomes.
Gomes, who's spent the last three seasons with Washington, exited Friday's 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants with a left oblique injury in the second inning. The Nationals will know more after Gomes is re-evaluated on Saturday, however, it's looking like he could miss some time going forward.
Yan Gomes Injury Update
A former MLB All-Star and Silver Slugger, Gomes has been one of Washington's more consistent players this season. He has 8 home runs and 33 RBI in 61 games played this year with a slash line of .266/.320/.439. There's no doubt that the team will miss his presence as they try to climb into a playoff spot.
Unfortunately, Nationals backup catcher Alex Avila was placed on the injured list last week, so it's looking like the club will turn to Tres Barrera to take Gomes' place. Barrera has played five games for Washington since 2019, recording a triple and 2 RBI in 9 at-bats while slashing .333/.333/.556. He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage. It's a small sample size, but it'll be interesting to see how he performs on a nightly basis.
With the injury bug hitting the Nationals hard as of late, the road to a potential World Series victory will be more difficult than it already is. Washington currently has +5000 odds (14th) to go on a championship run this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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