Daylen Lile sustains back contusion following fall against Red Sox

Washington Nationals prospect Daylen Lile, 21 years old and a native of Louisville, Kentucky, suffered a lower back contusion after falling over the outfield wall during a spring training game in West Palm Beach, Florida. Despite being in pain, manager Dave Martinez confirmed on Sunday that Lile was no longer in the hospital and was expected to recover. Martinez expressed relief that the injury was not more serious and considered it fortunate.

During the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Lile attempted to make a leaping catch on a home run hit by Tyler Miller to right-center field. However, he landed in the Red Sox’s bullpen and prompted Red Sox relievers to call for medical assistance. Lile had joined the Nationals after being drafted in the second round of the 2021 draft.

Last year, Lile played in 106 games across two minor league stops, posting a .269 batting average with nine home runs, 66 RBIs, and 10 triples. Despite this scare at spring training, the Nationals remain hopeful for Lile’s quick recovery and return to play.

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