For as many home runs as Juan Soto has pummeled in his young career, there still is a rhythm to be established at the plate after being sidelined.
Soto was activated from the injured list on Tuesday after missing 10 games because of a left shoulder strain. Initially, the Nationals used the reigning National League batting champ as a pinch-hitter in their home series against Atlanta until he was cleared to throw in game action. Soto went 0-for-3 in three games vs. the Braves.
An Interleague matchup at Yankee Stadium this weekend gave Soto consistent at-bats as the designated hitter. He went yard on Friday with a Statcast-estimated 424-foot shot off Luis Cessa that had an exit velocity of 110.2 mph. Soto finished the day 2-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.
Since then, Soto hasn’t struck out -- but he hasn’t recorded another hit, either. He picked up an RBI on Saturday when he drew a bases-loaded walk, one of two free passes that day in his return to right field. The following afternoon, he went 0-for-4 DHing in the series finale, including a 327-foot flyout to left.