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Dodgers Injury News: Chris Taylor Continues Rehab with Big Night for Rancho

As the Dodgers head into the All-Star break, they find themselves right in the mix for the NL West division crown despite all the injuries and issues they’ve seen this season. The injury bug has taken hold of the team this season, but they have done their best to manage it all. The team opens up the second half of the season with a three-game series against the New York Mets and they should be getting some reinforcements to the roster.

Veteran utilityman Chis Taylor looks like he will be the next in line to return to the Dodgers and he is scheduled to make his return once the All-Star break concludes.

He has been rehabbing and getting ready for his return but he had a big night for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday. Taylor played seven innings at shortstop and hit a home run and had a walk in four at-bats.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Taylor was getting close to returning and this rehab stint only elevates that. Getting him back to start the second half would be huge for the Dodgers.

“The hope is that he’ll be back with us when we start this road trip,” Roberts said. “I don’t think he needs to play more. I think that he’ll get some at-bats, some simulated things we’ll kind of put together. But as far as games, I don’t think he needs it.”

Per The OC Register

He has been out since June 16 dealing with a knee injury but his return would be massive for the Dodgers as he provides them with needed flexibility in their lineups due to his ability to play both in the infield and outfield.

Despite his down season for LA so far, the team is hopeful that he can get back to his old ways that helped make him an All-Star level player in 2021. So far this season, Taylor has a batting average of just .206 with 11 home runs and 26 runs batted in. He hit only 10 home runs all of last season so the power numbers have been there for him.

As LA continues the season, getting players like Taylor back up to speed will be huge. The team is gearing up for another potential World Series run and having as many of their solid options ready to go will vastly help their chances.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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  1. Their run differential is +76, based in part on their destruction of the Angels. Last year it was +331. Yet they are scoring more runs per game than last year. They have figured out that batting average, even OBP, is less important than slugging. A home run is 4 times better than a single or walk. The problem is pitching. But they don’t want to trade away another Yordan Alvarez for Josh Fields again. The deal for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner was good for 1/2 a year [until Scherzer wouldn’t take the ball in the playoffs] (and with Turner it was good for 1 and 1/2 years) but could they use the talent they gave up to get them, now? Keibert Ruiz wold be slightly better than Barnes. Josiah Gray would be in the rotation, not great, but better than Syndergaard and they would not have to use Gavin Stone or Grove. Overall, that was a worthwhile trade. I’d like to see such a blockbuster now to give the Dodgers a chance in the playoffs.

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