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Updated: Taylor leaves game after colliding with wall

Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

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[Updated: 11:13 p.m.]

Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night.

Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of the seventh inning. The rookie outfielder suffered a right knee contusion on the play and is considered day-to-day.

“He ran pretty hard into the fence. He’s also day-to-day and we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” manager Matt Williams said.

Taylor leaped for the ball at the warning track and slammed into the wall at full speed. He then dropped to the ground holding his right knee.

“He ran into that wall hard. Full speed, as fast as he could go,” Williams explained. “I don’t know if you saw it on television, but there’s a big rip in the padding out there from his cleats, but it got him on the right knee pretty good. I don’t know if he hit a stanchion or a bar or whatever, but he didn’t feel very good after.”

Williams and trainer Steve Gober came all the way out to center field to check on Taylor, as did teammates Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Gober examined Taylor’s right knee before helping him walk slowly off the field and into the dugout.


Danny Espinosa, who replaced Escobar in the infield, moved to left field once Taylor left the game. Rookie Trea Turner entered at second base, while Harper moved to center field.

Thursday night’s starter Joe Ross is hopeful Taylor will not be out long.

“It’s tough to see Mikey run into the wall like that. He’s played plenty of good plays doing it just like that. Hopefully he’s back in a couple of days. But I guess we’ll what happens,” he said.

Taylor was in the Nationals’ lineup on Thursday due to Denard Span sitting out because of back soreness. Span is now headed to the disabled list once again after suffering a setback.

Taylor, 24, is batting .241 with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 109 games this season.

  1. abqnatsfan - Aug 27, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Hard hit. I hope he is ok but the knee didn’t look great. Looked like he lost how close he was to the wall, that was full speed.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Fingers crossed for no torn ligaments and that he won’t be out long…

  3. janebeard - Aug 27, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Just saw the video of the injury. I love Jayson dor walking him all the way back. What a great teammate he is.

    I guess Tyler is about to get on a plane back here. Maybe some other guys. Jeez.

    • natsguy - Aug 27, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Tyler cannot come back for another week.

      • TheBigDummy - Aug 27, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Upper Dekker time?

    • ward5nedc - Aug 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      I don’t know why they let him walk off the field. Werth came over and it looked like he told him to stay down.
      Then when the trainer came over it seemed like MAT was trying to walk it off. Bending down, walking then stopping. He could have done more damage there, I wish the trainer would have stopped him, had him sit on the ground, cart him off, or at least have a couple trainers help him off.

  4. langleyclub - Aug 27, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    den Dekker didn’t play for Cuse tonight; pretty sure he is already on his way to DC; interesting that Brian Goodwin the other legit CF on the 40 man roster didn’t play for H’burg tonight either.. Perhaps he is headed to Cuse.

    If Taylor’s injury will keep out for more than a day or two; the Nats will acquire a CF before the end of the weekend. The Nats would love to get Biily Burns back from the A’s,

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 28, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      The Nats would love to get Biily Burns back from the A’s,

      I don’t doubt it. And the people in hell would love to get some ice water.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2015 at 8:29 AM

        I’d laugh, but it’s not funny.Trading a guy with an 80 speed rating that was just learning to switch hit for the likes of Blevins was just a odd move at the time, and it proved to be ill-advised.I sure wish the Nats still had Burns now.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 28, 2015 at 9:37 AM

        Essentially, we traded Burns for denDekker with a year of Blevins thrown in.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 28, 2015 at 10:16 AM

        Meh. Billy Burns was a marginal prospect who blossomed. Probably at least 9 out of 10 of those guys don’t make it, and you never hear from them again. Burns may turn out to be the guy that Billy Hamilton was supposed to be. Yeah, a lot of the prospects mavens put up a hue and cry about that trade, and they may well turn out to be right on this one when all is said and done (although the Nats do have den Dekker’s rights for several years).

        But the big picture is that the prospect mavens put up a hue and cry pretty much every time a prospect is traded. Remember when the Nats traded Alex Meyer for Denard Span? Oh my gosh the reaction was not pretty. Heck, I even remember when “Manno’s Minions” got angry because Rizzo traded Chris Manno and Bill Rinehart to get Jonny Gomes. When Rizzo traded Zach Walters people got angry. Not that many people spend time commenting on boards about how they were wrong and Rizzo and his people were right in moves – but boy howdy one move that comes up a clunker and people line up to remind us all that they knew all along it was a bad idea. Full disclosure: for me that deal was Nori Aoki – I thought he could be a solid major league asset and was disappointed that the Nats didn’t get him when he could have been had cheaply. Then I remember that I also wanted Matt Antonelli to get a shot and thought that the Nats should have re-signed Adam Dunn … and I put the Aoki deal back in my pocket and tip my cap to Rizzo and his people.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2015 at 10:48 AM

        realjohn, I have been wrong many times, but I did howl about Burns because A: I didn’t like Blevins and B: I said from the the day the trade was made that Burns could play. His minor league stats were good in spite of the fact that he was learning to switch hit and like I said, you can’t teach that kind of speed. Interesting that you brought up Hamilton because in Feb 2014 I made what was taken here as a preposterous statement when I said that I thought that Burns had as much, if not more upside than Hamilton. Both guys are very talented players that I believe will keep getting better. Hamilton has been hurt this year,, but he has developed into a much better outfielder than I thought he would. But Burns has turned into the player that I thought he would all along. Burns has blossomed with a very bad team. And BTW, there were minor league coaches in the Nats system that were shocked and dismayed by the Billy Burns trade, most notably Mark Harris in Harrisburg.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 28, 2015 at 10:57 AM

        Incidentally, Burns’ BA at .298 is 72 points higher than Hamilton this year and his OBPat .338 is 66 points higher. But like I said, Hamilton ended up on the DL a couple of weeks ago.

        And NatsFan Zee, that year of Blevins was pretty disappointing, and in my opinion, denDekker is a fine AAA fill in guy that may serve well as a 4th or 5th outfielder in the majors, but keep in mind that as short as the Mets were on outfielders they let him go.

  5. natsfan1a - Aug 28, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Hope it is just a contusion. Did not look good.

  6. veejh - Aug 28, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Again, this season just gets better and better.

  7. wearenationals - Aug 28, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Nats players are dropping like flies. If the Nats make it to the post-season, they’ll be limping in to the finish line.





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