Soto was a late scratch to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, shortly before the 7:05 p.m. Eastern first pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals. Andrew Stevenson will replace Soto tonight in right field, also batting leadoff.
Starting 14 games for the Nationals this season, Soto is 15-61 with two home runs, batting .300 with a .410 OBP. The fourth-year starter played 47 games in the 2020 season, batting .351 with 13 home runs and an OBP of .490, which lead the majors.
Stevenson is a career .240 hitter with four home runs and an OBP of .341. In the 2020 season, Stevenson played 15 games, hitting two home runs with a batting average of .366.
The team also announced that Yadiel Hernandez would join the team due to Soto’s absence. The rookie has played one game for the Nationals this season, going 0-4 in an Apr. 11, 0-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals are a -118 moneyline home favorite against the Cardinals on FanDuel Sportsbook, in a game with an 8.5 run total.
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