- - Monday, April 2, 2018

Nationals left fielder Adam Eaton has staked an early claim to Comeback Player of the Year in the National League.

Eaton, who had not played in a regular-season game since late April, was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.

That came after he went eight-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and seven runs scored in three games this past weekend in Cincinnati against the Reds. He was 5-for-5 with two doubles and a homer on Saturday in a 13-7 pasting of the Reds.

Also on Monday, the Nationals called up catcher Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse and put starting catcher Matt Wieters on the 10-day disabled list with a mild left oblique strain. Wieters was the starting catcher last season and was backed up by Jose Lobaton. Severino split time between the Nationals and Syracuse last season.

Eaton told 106.7 The Fan on Monday that his performance was even more special since it came in front of family and friends. He grew up in Springfield, Ohio and played in college at Miami of Ohio.

Last April, he tore his ACL while running out a grounder at Nationals Park and missed the rest of the season. He hit .297 in 23 games last year for Washington, which won all three games against the Reds.

Eaton was acquired in a trade from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season as the Nationals sent right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to the White Sox. Giolito and Lopez made their big league debuts with the Nationals in 2016 and were on the White Sox roster as of Monday.

Eaton came up as a center fielder, but moved to left field this year to take the place of Jayson Werth, who last week signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Michael A. Taylor is the Nationals’ regular starting center fielder.

The Nationals’ Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman all gained player of the week honors in 2017.

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