Sep 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT
Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Friday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves with a bruised right knee, marking the third straight game he’s missed with injury.
The rookie centerfielder said Friday that he re-aggravated his previously bruised knee Monday night in St. Louis when he was making a throw from center to home plate.
“Swelling came back a little bit and a little bit of the stiffness,” Taylor explained, “but other than that I feel good.”
Manager Matt Williams mentioned that while Taylor’s recent MRI results showed no further damage, the team would not rush him back onto the field before he’s ready.
“[Thursday] when we showed up here, he wasn’t feeling real good,” Williams said. “So we’ll make sure that we [be] on the cautious side on that one. Having that injury and then being able to play and having it flare up again is a concern.”
Though Taylor is not in the starting lineup, the Nats have listed him as being available off the bench.
The 24-year-old originally injured his knee last Thursday when he collided into the centerfield wall while trying to make a catch against the San Diego Padres.
“I think it’s healing and as long as I don’t have a setback or anything like that,” he said. “I imagine I’ll be over it in a couple days.”
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