The Dodgers and A’s are at it in Oakland for the first game of a 3-game series. While Los Angeles did manage to take an early and demanding lead, it was not without cost.
Chris Taylor took a 96-mph heater off of his elbow on a pitch from Frankie Montas. His left arm appeared to almost go dead as he jogged to first with it hanging at his side. Dodgers training staff and Dave Roberts came out to check on him, but he remained in the game.
Taylor ran the bases, including going first to third on a ball in the gap. There was a play at third base where he had to dive back in headfirst, and the arm he got hit on appeared to be in pain. The Dodgers would replace him on defense the next half-inning with a big lead.
Taylor was playing second base for the Dodgers in tonight’s game. He was replaced by Zach McKinstry who had to move over from left field. AJ Pollocj came in off of the bench to replace McKinstry out in left field.
The Dodgers have been pretty good about building in off-days for guys early on in the season. So even if CT is 100 percent okay after tests come back. he will likely get to sit out at least for tomorrow’s tilt against Oakland.
Taylor singled in his only other at-bat for the Dodgers and scored a pair of runs.
UPDATE: The Dodgers are calling it a left elbow contusion for CT3.