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Eaton carried off field with leg injury

Brad Mills / USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton had to be carried off the field during Friday's game against the New York Mets after injuring himself while running to first base on a ground ball in the ninth inning.

Manager Dusty Baker didn't disclose specifics about Eaton's ailment postgame, calling it simply a "leg" injury, though he did say he would undergo an MRI on Saturday, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.

Eaton seemed to land awkwardly on first base on an infield single and looked to be in serious pain. He fell to the ground clutching his left leg just below his knee and was unable to put any weight on it.

He was then carried off the field and into the locker room by Nationals staff.

Eaton has been impressive in the leadoff spot for the Nationals since coming over in an offseason trade from the Chicago White Sox. Entering Friday's contest, the 28-year-old was slashing .291/.392/.465 in 22 games for Washington.

While there's yet to be an update on his status, it appears the Nationals are already making contingency plans to replace him in the lineup. A source told Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post the team will call up outfield prospect Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

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