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Adam Eaton eyes 6-9 months of rehab following ACL surgery

By David Driver, The Sports Xchange
Washington Nationals Adam Eaton celebrates in the dugout after scoring off of a Daniel Murphy single in the eighth inning again state Miami Marlins, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2017. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Washington Nationals Adam Eaton celebrates in the dugout after scoring off of a Daniel Murphy single in the eighth inning again state Miami Marlins, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2017. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton began a rehabilitation program on Wednesday that should last about six to nine months, general manager Mike Rizzo said before the team faced the Baltimore Orioles.

Eaton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained on April 28 when he beat out an infield hit in the ninth inning against the New York Mets.

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"It went well. He is currently here at the ballpark," Rizzo said. "He began his rehab today with massage work."

Eaton was acquired in a trade in December from the Chicago White Sox for three young pitchers. Two of them, right-handers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, made their big league debut last year with Washington and are now two top prospects for the White Sox.

Eaton was batting leadoff for a team that has led the National League in most offensive categories. He is likely to miss the rest of the season.

"Every rehab is different. It should be a pretty ordinary rehab," Rizzo said. "In four weeks he will ramp it up. We started range of motion today."

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Eaton was hitting .297 in 91 at-bats over 23 games when he was hurt. He has two homers and 13 RBIs.

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