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Washington Nationals star OF Juan Soto lands on 10-day injured list

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto will have to sit out at least the next seven games due to his placement on the 10-day IL. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto will have to sit out at least the next seven games due to his placement on the 10-day IL. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

April 20 (UPI) -- The Washington Nationals placed star outfielder Juan Soto on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder injury, the team announced Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Soto was initially in Tuesday's starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Nationals announced the IL move about an hour before the contest and scratched him. According to the team, he was moved to the injured list with a strained left shoulder.

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Soto will now have to sit out at least the next seven games, as the Nationals have only three off-days during his IL stint.

Veteran outfielder Yadiel Hernandez was recalled from the Nationals' alternate site to replace Soto on the roster. Andrew Stevenson filled in for Soto in right field during Tuesday's matchup against the Cardinals and went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The Nationals earned a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

In 14 games this season, Soto -- the 2020 National League batting champion -- has a .300 batting average with two home runs, eight RBIs and a stolen base.

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