Erick Fedde appreciated the effort by Michael A. Taylor on a diving catch in the outfield in Ft. Myers, FL’s CenturyLink Sports Complex, telling reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman after the game on Thursday that it’s great to see your defense laying out for a ball the way the center fielder did, but Taylor injured his left knee and hip on the play and now the 27-year-old is going to miss “a significant amount time” with a sprain of the knee and hip.
Taylor talked this morning, before an MRI, which revealed the extent of the damage, about his initial reaction to the injury, when he convinced manager Davey Martinez and Nationals’ trainer, Paul Lessard, to let him stay in the game, then struggled to run in from center after the inning came to an end. He was replaced after the Nationals batted.
“I think in the moment, when your blood’s flowing, you don’t necessarily feel everything,” Taylor said, as quoted on MASN today.
“After I stood around for a little while, it just started to stiffen up, my knee and hip. It didn’t seem like the time to push it right there.”
Martinez said Thursday that he thought Taylor was definitely going to be sore, at least, and they sent him out to have an MRI to see what the extent of the damage was before making any other decisions.
“Well, just because of what I saw and how he felt, I knew [Taylor] was going to be sore,” Martinez told reporters, as quoted on MLB.com.
“I can’t assume anything until we get the MRI back, but I hope it’s just a few days and he’s back playing again.”
After an 11-3 win over the New York Mets on Friday afternoon, Martinez shared the bad news on the MRI with reporters in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Michael A. Taylor has a sprained left knee and left hip and Dave Martinez says he will “miss a significant amount of time.”— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 15, 2019
Michael A. Taylor has a sprained left knee and hip. Davey Martinez says he’s going to miss “a significant amount of time.”— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 15, 2019
Michael A. Taylor has a sprained left knee and hip and Martinez says he is expected to miss a “significant amount of time.”— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) March 15, 2019
Martinez acknowledged this morning that outfield depth was an issue in the organization, with Andrew Stevenson the only other outfielder (outside of Taylor, Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton) currently on the 40-Man roster, and Hunter Jones the only other outfielder currently in camp with the team after two rounds of cuts this Spring.
Matt Adams, who is not exactly spry, played left field against the Mets on Friday, and the second-year manager said he would get Wilmer Difo some time in the outfield too going forward as they decide how to deal with the injury to Taylor. Howie Kendrick has played some outfield in the past, but he’s coming of an achilles rupture and is currently dealing with a hamstring injury.
Do you see the Nationals trying to trade for or sign an additional outfielder now that they know Taylor is going to miss “a significant amount of time”? Or do they give Stevenson a shot as the fourth outfielder and wait for Taylor to heal?