Washington Nationals prospect Matt Skole was placed on the minor league disabled list Monday afternoon with a what an official familiar with the injury said was a microfracture in his left wrist.
The timetable for his return has yet to be specifically identified as the Nationals cycle through the various avenues for his rehab and return.
Skole, one of the Nationals’ top corner infield prospects, made a strong impression during the 2012 season — in which he was honored with the organization’s Player of the Year award — as well as his time in major league camp this spring. He is considered one of the Nationals’ best hitting prospects.
Skole sustained the injury in the Senators’ second game of the season and was 1-for-5 this season before that point.
After top prospect Anthony Rendon sustained a fractured ankle in the second game of the Single-A Potomac season in 2012, Nationals’ officials could only shake their heads in disbelief when Skole got hurt.
Skole was attempting to corral a throw from the pitcher that went up the line when the runner collided with him and, ultimately, created the microfracture in his wrist.
While Rendon missed a good chunk of the 2012 season with his injury, the Nationals are optimistic this will be a far shorter timeline.
Between Single-A Hagerstown and Single-A Potomac in 2012, Skole hit .291 with a .426 on-base percentage and .559 slugging. He clubbed 27 home runs and was sent to the Arizona Fall League, an honor in itself, where he continued to learn first base, in addition to his ability at third. The Nationals view him as a part of their future.