This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Nationals lineup is suddenly lacking a considerable amount of punch with three key players sidelined by injury. Turner has been on the injured list since early April when he fractured the index finger on his right hand. Fortunately, he is showing signs of progress and hopes to begin baseball-related activities within the next week. Swinging a bat would be a particularly positive sign that the area is improving and that the injury will have minimal effects on Turner's grip strength. Bone tissue can generally heal within four to six weeks, and Turner should be back the end of the month. He may need some time to shake off any accumulated rust, and an initial dip in productivity wouldn't be surprising.
In last week's column, I discussed the problem with back spasms as a diagnosis following J.D. Martinez' injury. Soto is now providing another example of why identifying a symptom as an injury can prove difficult to gauge. The Washington outfielder was sidelined for three days with back spasms. Unfortunately, the issue lingered, and Soto was ultimately placed on the IL. The team is now shutting him down completely for several days in hopes the spasms subside. Soto's risk of re-injury or aggravation will remain high until the root of the problem is pinpointed and addressed. As a result, it seems unlikely Soto is ready to return when first eligible on May 11. Look for this to carry over into mid-to-late May.