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Taylor a late scratch with undisclosed injury

Rendon (sore neck) returns to lineup
June 21, 2017

MIAMI -- Just as the Nationals can exhale knowing Anthony Rendon's neck injury isn't that serious, another starter is out due to injury.Center fielder Michael Taylor was a late scratch from Washington's lineup against the Marlins in Wednesday's 2-1 loss with an undisclosed injury. Nationals manager Dusty Baker wouldn't say

MIAMI -- Just as the Nationals can exhale knowing Anthony Rendon's neck injury isn't that serious, another starter is out due to injury.
Center fielder Michael Taylor was a late scratch from Washington's lineup against the Marlins in Wednesday's 2-1 loss with an undisclosed injury. Nationals manager Dusty Baker wouldn't say what the injury was, but he did say Taylor was sore on Tuesday.
"He's a little injured," Baker said. "Quite a few guys are kind of ailing and injured. Like I said, we've played a lot of ball in a lot of days. Yesterday, he was a little sore, and we just don't wanna take any chances with him getting injured."
While it doesn't sound like he was injured on a specific play, Taylor has been active in center at Marlins Park this week. On Monday, he notched a pair of outfield assists and laid out for a JT Riddle triple that would've been a five-star play, according to Statcast™.
Taylor has played in all but one of the Nats' last 19 games, all of which have come without a day off for the club. Brian Goodwin manned center in his place on Wednesday.
It's unclear how long Baker and the Nationals expect Taylor to be out. But an off-day Thursday comes at an opportune time for the club.
"It will be very valuable," Baker said. "It'll be a mental day off as well as a physical day off. We've got another 17 after this."
Rendon returns
Third baseman Rendon returned to the lineup for the first time since leaving Monday's game early.

Rendon has been dealing with a sore neck, which was prompted by a diving play during the game. He sat out Tuesday and has received treatment for his neck since then.
"He's a little sore, too," Baker said. "But Anthony said he could play, and especially with the need for [Daniel] Murphy to have a day off, this is where teammates pick up teammates. This is what teamwork's all about."
Worth noting
The Nationals signed 10th-round Draft pick Trey Turner for $100,000, per MLB.com's Jim Callis. Washington went below the pick's slot value of $131,300 for the right-handed pitcher out of Missouri State University.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.