ATLANTA -- Nationals center fielder Ben Revere left Monday's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Braves in the fourth inning because of a right rib cage injury and was replaced by Michael Taylor, who went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 3 in the ninth inning. Revere is listed as day to day, according to manager Dusty Baker.
Revere, who started the game as Washington's leadoff hitter, felt pain on the right side of stomach during his first at-bat. After he struck out, Revere decided to stay in the game, but he had a hard time breathing during his second at-bat two innings later because of the pain in his rib cage. After he grounded out, Revere decided to take himself out of the game.
Revere felt pain even while trying to make a play on a home run by Freddie Freeman in the first inning.
"Of course, I'm happy about the win. The first swing of the new season, a ball I hit foul, I felt something on my side. I kept playing," Revere said. "I got treated and, hopefully, I'll get this thing better. I'm a fast healer. I'll see how it feels, especially tomorrow. Luckily, we have a day off. We'll have it calm down. If I swing more and more, I'll probably make it worse."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.