Chris Taylor has been out since June 25 when the Los Angeles Dodgers placed him on the 10-day injured list due to right knee soreness.
Taylor suffered the injury on June 16 while he ran down the first-base line in the second inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants. He continued to play until Michael Busch pinch-hit in the fourth.
Taylor underwent testing that showed a bone bruise in his knee along with what Dodgers manager Dave Roberts described as “cartilage wear and tear.” It was treated with a cortisone injection, which left the 32-year-old unavailable for a small stretch of games while the shot took effect, but he remained on the active roster.
Taylor ended up appearing in one game following the injury as a pinch-hitter, which only allowed the Dodgers to backdate his IL stint to June 22 when they finally decided to make the roster move.
Taylor is eligible to return on July 2 and is in the process of rehabbing, but Roberts said he isn’t expected to return to the lineup until some point after the All-Star Game, via Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group:
Utilityman Chris Taylor is also in Arizona rehabbing his injured knee, according to Roberts. The manager said he didn’t expect Taylor to rejoin the Dodgers for their final homestand before the All-Star break and “(we’re) looking at a longer (absence) than we expected.”
“I don’t see him coming back before the All-Star break,” Roberts said.
The original hope was Taylor would be back in time for their series against the Houston Astros that began on June 23, but instead he did not appear in either of their two games while remaining active.
The Dodgers’ decision to IL Taylor came after the bone bruise did not heal as quickly as they hoped. “It’s not completely healed and you can just see he’s compensating,” Roberts said of the decision.
Roberts also added the injury was not worsening, just that it “hasn’t gotten any better.”
Taylor is batting .206/.275/.455 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and a 94 wRC+ in 59 games this season.
Chris Taylor among Dodgers expecting a child
The Dodgers have experienced a baby boom of sorts this season, with Mookie Betts, Caleb Ferguson, Brusdar Graterol, Max Muncy and Evan Phillips all going on the paternity list as their respective families grew.
Taylor and wife Mary Keller also revealed they are having a child in the near future. The couple got married during the offseason and later announced they are having a boy.
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