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.
The moment when Jeimer Candelario gets injured in his left arm.
— Arving Gonzalez (@ArvingGonzalez) July 29, 2023
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.
Jeimer Candelario says he’s fine. Was briefly worried when he felt something in his left shoulder, but was able to swing in the cage after and would’ve been able to hit if his spot somehow came up again.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 29, 2023
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.
— Addison (@YankeeWRLD) July 29, 2023
Jeimer never breaks
— District Sportstalk (@DCSports_Talk) July 29, 2023
Now guys are getting hurt after just being mentioned in trade rumors with the Yankees.
— Marcus Zappia (@marcuszappia) July 29, 2023
I dunno, he seemed pretty much okay as he walked off. I think he’ll be fine.
— Karen Veenstra (@Karen_Veenstra) July 29, 2023
And that’s why you don’t wait to the last minute to trade guys at the deadline.
— Donnie Stephenson (@DonaldStevie25) July 29, 2023