The Dodgers are slowly but surely getting all of their regulars into Cactus League games. This week, Doc said that Max Muncy, Freddie Freeman, and Mookie Betts would all be getting into their first game action of the year. As Spring Training progresses, we should be seeing more and more of those guys in the lineup.
One guy that has been in the lineup though, is Chris Taylor. The Dodgers have had him in there as the designated hitter, and he has yet to play the field for them. Speaking with members of the media on Monday afternoon in Arizona, we now know why.
Taylor told Dodgers reporters that he did have an elbow issue that bothered him during the offseason. He received an MRI which showed that he had bone chips in his elbow. Taylor said that he had surgery to get them removed.
"It was more so just working up to the game and getting it loose. Like in the mornings would be the worst, when it was stiff when I wake up. But by the time the game started, it didn't affect my play or anything like that." 2/2
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 21, 2022
For what it’s worth, it certainly did not show for Taylor during their postseason run. He went 13-for-37 (.351) during the playoffs, including a walk-off homerun in the Wild Card game. He was one of the lone bright spots during their October run, as the Dodgers offense went silent when things mattered most.
But the good news is that the surgery recovery does not sound serious. Dave Roberts added that he expected him to be back into the field soon, with the possibility of him playing second base on Thursday.
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