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Dodgers News: Chris Taylor Will Not Be Playing Infield This Year

The Dodgers have a recent history of making guys very flexible on the field. It sort of started with Kiké hernandez, who was the true super utilityman for Los Angeles. But that has extended to guys like Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux as well. That has made them far more valuable in recent years. 

But things might be changing this year for Chris Taylor. He came up exclusively playing infield with the Mariners in 2014. It wasn’t until he came over to the Dodgers that they decided to try him at more positions. But that move has proven to change his career, along with a change in his swing. 

Dave Roberts said this week that CT will not see any time in the infield, barring an emergency issue. But the Dodgers want to play it safe with Taylor following the surgery on his elbow to remove bone chips. It sounds like they want to keep consistency in his arm angles from the outfield. 

Taylor spent 80 games playing in the infield during the 2021 season with most of them coming at second base. But he can also play shortstop and fill in at the hot corner when needed. Luckily for the Dodgers, they have Trea Turner in there every single day at shortstop. 

So while we’ve gotten used to seeing CT all over the field in recent years, it sounds like there will be more consistency for him in 2022. Maybe that’s what he needs to get the bat going back in the right direction though. 

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