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Nats giving few details on Romero situation

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A day after the Nationals sent Seth Romero home, they remained mostly silent on the club policy he violated.

A few details trickled out on Tuesday afternoon regarding the violation, but the specific rule he broke or a timeline for his return to camp are unclear. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Tuesday that Romero -- the Nationals' first-round selection in the 2017 Draft -- was sent home after a curfew-related issue, but Washington has declined to go into more detail.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A day after the Nationals sent Seth Romero home, they remained mostly silent on the club policy he violated.

A few details trickled out on Tuesday afternoon regarding the violation, but the specific rule he broke or a timeline for his return to camp are unclear. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Tuesday that Romero -- the Nationals' first-round selection in the 2017 Draft -- was sent home after a curfew-related issue, but Washington has declined to go into more detail.

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Romero was the 25th overall selection in 2017 after his draft stock fell due to concerns about his character. He was suspended and then ultimately dismissed from the University of Houston baseball team, the punishments stemming from a failed drug test and a fight with a teammate.

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So the Nats knew they were taking a risk when they drafted him, but they were willing to make an exception considering his talent and potential.

Taylor day to day
Center fielder Michael A. Taylor did not participate in the club's workouts on Tuesday, a day after he was scratched with tightness in his right side.

He was still feeling stiff on Tuesday morning, though manager Dave Martinez said Taylor is not scheduled for any further tests.

"We're going to treat him, and he's going to be day to day," Martinez said.

After Taylor missed about a month last season with a strained right oblique, the Nationals will be careful not to rush him back from this injury. Martinez also said it is too soon to tell whether this injury has any connection with last year's.

But with the Nationals counting on Taylor to be their starting center fielder, they are going to proceed with caution and allow him enough time to heal.

Up next
Max Scherzer will make his third Grapefruit League start of the year as the Nationals make the short trip to Jupiter for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Cardinals. Trea Turner and top prospect Victor Robles are among the position players who will line up behind Scherzer.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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