Jeimer Candelario Jul 3, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario (9) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jeimer Candelario, arguably the best available bat remaining before the trade deadline, left Friday night’s game with an apparent injury.

After the game, however, he put fears to rest by saying he’ll be “fine.”

The Washington Nationals designated hitter appeared to injure his left arm after trying to leg out a double in the eighth inning against the New York Mets.

After being thrown out, Candelario grabbed his arm in pain, apparently after getting his arm caught on second-base umpire Vic Carapazza’s uniform.

He left the field with a trainer.

However, after the game, Candelario offered a promising update, saying he will be “fine,” according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. He said he would have been able to hit if his spot in the order had come up again.

The 29-year-old Candelario, who will become a free agent after this season, is on the trade block and has drawn interest from several teams, notably the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. He offers a solid bat with some pop, slashing .253/.333/.479 with 16 home runs and a 125 OPS+ this season.

MLB fans quickly reacted to the momentary bad news that ended well.

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