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Nationals’ Trea Turner has surgery on index finger

Trea Turner, Nationals

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner finally had surgery on his index finger after playing through the injury nearly the entire season:

Turner suffered a broken index finger in just the fourth game of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies, and he missed over a month of action.

Despite returning in mid-May, he was forced to play the remainder of the season with tape, effectively changing the way he gripped the bat as well as his ability to throw the ball from the shortstop position.

It is hardly a coincidence that the Nationals struggled without the speedy leadoff man in the lineup. Washington went 17-22 without Turner in the lineup, but they went 75-44 upon his return.

Although Turner remained somewhat hampered by the injury, he posted tremendous numbers in one of the more underrated seasons of the year. Turner slashed .298/.353/.497 with 19 homers and 35 stolen bases in 122 games. He also was invaluable at short, as rookie Carter Kieboom had been one of the worst defensive players in baseball while filling in for Turner.

The 26-year-old remained a catalyst in the postseason. Turner had a strong finish to the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and found multiple ways to get on against the St. Louis Cardinals in the League Championship Series.

While Turner struggled in the World Series — he was involved in the most controversial play of the playoffs — he played outstanding defense, robbing the Astros of a number of base hits.

Turner should recover from the surgery in plenty of time for Spring Training, and he will enter the 2020 season fully healthy for the first time in nearly a year.