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Washington Nationals place Michael A. Taylor on 10-Day DL with right oblique strain; reinstate Chris Heisey...

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Michael A. Taylor landed on the DL after leaving last night’s game early with an oblique strain. Chris Heisey’s back off the DL now...

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In 59 games and 237 plate appearances after he took over in center on an everyday basis back on April 29th, following the season-ending knee injury suffered by Adam Eaton, 26-year-old Washington Nationals’ outfielder Michael A. Taylor put up an impressive .295/.339/.550 line, with 16 doubles, two triples, 12 HRs, 15 walks, 72 strikeouts, and 10 stolen bases.

Last night, however, Taylor left the game in the fourth inning, after grounding out to third base in the bottom of the third inning.

Dusty Baker announced after the game that Taylor suffered a mild oblique strain which has now landed the outfielder on the 10-Day DL.

“He came out the game because he has a mild oblique strain,” Baker explained, “and then we’ll put him on the DL starting tomorrow, and to answer [the next] question, [Chris] Heisey will return tomorrow.”

It’s a blow for the Nationals’ center fielder, and the Nats’ lineup, after Taylor stepped up and filled in admirably following Eaton’s injury.

“It’s tough, but hopefully he’ll be ready shortly after the Break,” Baker said. “We get a break in those four days of the All-Star Break that counts towards the DL, so hopefully he’ll be ready. I mean, you don’t know about these things, and you want to get him well because you don’t want that to come back, and so like I said, you hope that he’ll be ready shortly after the break.”

Baker was asked if it happened on one swing in particular, or had been a lingering issue for Taylor.

“I don’t know. Something had been bothering him but it wasn’t in that area. When you play every day, something is always bothering you. I don’t when it happened, all I know is the trainer came to me, I think it happened probably on one of those swings that he just drubbed the ball to the third baseman and that’s when he came out when he had to reach for that ball.”

Taylor told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, that it had been an issue for a while now. He missed a few games, though Baker declined to say caused him to miss them at that time.

“It was starting to go the right way,” Taylor said. “It’s just been up and down since then. I tried to manage my reps and things like that to give myself the time to heal. But when you play, it’s kind of tough to do that.”

Baker tried Wilmer Difo in center at that point, in an experiment that didn’t exactly go well.

Heisey returns after going 5 for 17 with two doubles and a home run in five games for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs after he landed on the DL with a ruptured biceps, which he re-injured when he tried to come right back soon after the initial injury.