Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Roberts said that Taylor would not be returning until after the All-Star break.
The Dodgers recalled infielder Yonny Hernandez from Triple-A Oklahoma City in replacement of Taylor. Hernandez has reached base in each of his three games since, recording 2 hits and 4 RBI in the process.
Roberts saw signs of a lingering injury in Taylor, who last played Jun. 21 against the Angels.
“That’s not completely healed, and you can just see him compensating,” Roberts said before the Dodgers’ game against Houston last Sunday. “And he’s as tough as anyone, so it just doesn’t look right.”(Via Fox Sports)
In 2023, Taylor is batting .206 with 11 home runs and a .729 OPS. A Dodger since 2016, Taylor revamped his pro career after a mediocre first three years in Seattle.
The Dodgers have somewhat recovered from perhaps their lowest point in the season when they were swept at home by the Giants. Since Jun. 18, LA has gone 7-4, with series wins over the Astros and Rockies. However, Sunday they lost to the ailing Kansas City Royals 9-1 and dropped the series against the inferior squad.
The Dodgers are three games behind the Diamondbacks for first in the NL West, but the Giants, also three games back, own second place because of their record against each other.
Taylor will miss a four-game series against the Pirates and two games against the Angels before, hopefully, making his return to the field Jul. 14 against the Mets.
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