Nats' Robles injures arm on attempted catch

Baseball's No. 6 overall prospect exits after rolling over left arm

Victor Robles apparently rolled over his left arm while diving for a ball blooped into shallow center field. (Rick Nelson/MiLB Photo)

By Michael Avallone / MiLB.com | April 9, 2018 9:50 PM

The defensive prowess and all-out hustle of Victor Robles seems to have hurt him Monday.

Washington's top prospect left Triple-A Syracuse's game with Rochester in the bottom of the second inning with an apparent injury to his left arm. With two outs and nobody on, Red Wings shortstop Gregorio Petit blooped a shallow fly ball into center field that Robles raced in on but failed to catch. The Chiefs went on to a 2-1 victory.

The 20-year-old went into a slide, but his glove hand appeared to have bent awkwardly as he hit the ground and rolled over it on his stomach. Robles immediately grabbed his left arm as his teammates signaled for the Chiefs' trainer, who escorted him off the field.

Video: Syracuse's Robles leaves the game

"Assessing the situation. No further comment," Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba told The Washington Times.

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MLB.com's No. 6 overall prospect, Robles went from Class A Advanced Potomac to the Majors last year. He compiled a slash line of .250/.308/.458 in 24 at-bats for the Nats. In the Minors, the Dominican Republic native batted .300/.382/.493 with 55 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases in 114 games between Potomac and Double-A Hagerstown.

Robles was invited to big league Spring Training and eventually optioned to Syracuse. He sported a .417 average with two stolen bases after three games, which included a four-hit effort on Saturday. Robles popped out to second in his only at-bat Monday.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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