Nationals get good news on Robles

Top prospect won't need surgery on injured left elbow

Victor Robles reportedly could be back with Syracuse this season. (Rick Nelson/MiLB.com)

By Vincent Lara-Cinisomo / MiLB.com | April 17, 2018 12:40 AM

The Nationals got some good news about their No. 1 prospect Monday.

Victor Robles will not need surgery to repair his injured left elbow, according to Washington manager Dave Martinez.

MLB.com's No. 6 overall prospect, who was put on the disabled list retroactive to last Tuesday, doesn't have a tear in the elbow and will miss months, rather than the remainder of the 2018 season.

Robles left Triple-A Syracuse's game on April 9 in the second inning after diving for a shallow pop fly. Rochester's Gregorio Petit blooped a pitch into center field, and the 20-year-old outfielder charged in, dived and landed on his left arm as the ball popped free from his glove. He was removed from the game after a visit from the Chiefs trainer.

Video: Syracuse's Robles leaves the game

After compiling a .300/.382/.493 slash line with 10 homers and 47 RBIs between Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last year, Robles was called up to Washington in September. He hit .250/.308/.458 over 13 games.

The native of the Dominican Republic batted .188 in 21 games in big league Spring Training before he was optioned to the International League. He went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in his second game of the season and is 5-for-13 with a homer and two RBIs through four contests.

Vince Lara-Cinisomo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @vincelara. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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