Nationals place Juan Soto on 10-day IL with back spasms

              Washington Nationals' Juan Soto sits on the ground after a close pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed left fielder Juan Soto on the 10-day injured list due to back spasms.

The 20-year-old Soto missed three straight games entering Saturday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team made the move, retroactive to May 1, when Soto didn’t improve enough to play Saturday. He is eligible to return May 11.

Soto, who is batting .248 with six homers and 22 RBIs, becomes the fourth Nationals opening day starter on the IL, joining Ryan Zimmerman (foot), Anthony Rendon (elbow) and Trea Turner (finger).

Washington recalled Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A to fill Soto’s roster spot.