MILWAUKEE -- While Trea Turner spent the past two months on the disabled list, unable to swing a bat because of a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist, he ran more than perhaps he ever had. And even though the Nationals dropped Thursday night's game, 6-3, to the Brewers, Turner showcased the variety of ways his speed can impact the game.
In just his third game back from the DL, he went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a pair of runs scored to complement a double and a triple.
"He makes things happen," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's an impact player."
Turner hit a double in the third inning, racing from home to second in 7.80 seconds, the third fastest double of the season by the Nationals. His sprint speed on the play, which Statcast™ tracks to measure the average feet per second a player is covering during the fastest one-second window of his run, was 30.3 feet per second. The MLB average is around 27 ft/sec. Turner then stole third, putting himself in position to score on a groundout from Jayson Werth.
Turner's sprint speed was even faster when he reached on a bunt single in the fifth inning. He was measured at 30.9 ft/sec, an increase from his average sprint speed this season (29.1 ft/sec). For reference, Billy Hamilton and Byron Buxton lead the Majors by averaging 30.1 ft/sec.
After the wrist injury sidelined him for 51 games, Turner said his legs feel fresh and strong. He ran, worked on his form and did tons of quickness and agility drills while he was on the DL. That could pay off late in the season.
"It shows in games like this, where coming back I'm not tired, I'm not sore," he said. "I'm glad I did all the running, all the lifting I did while I was hurt."
Turner capped off his night with a stand-up triple in the eighth inning. Then, he made it from home to third in 11.74 seconds, which was far from his personal best of 11.14 sec, but slowed down because he was able to coast into third base uncontested.
These are the kind of plays where Turner's speed looks effortless, and this was the sort of game during which Turner showed off his ability to impact the Nationals' offense.
"It feels good because I've been out for a long time," Turner said. "I haven't had the chance to compete in general."
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.