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."
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."
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.