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Dodgers News: Chris Taylor’s NLDS Status Now Up in the Air

Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor hasn’t played since Friday, sidelined with a neck issue that has been too painful for him to swing a bat. Before Monday’s game, L.A. manager Dave Roberts updated the media on Taylor’s status.

Roberts also confirmed that Taylor’s regular season is over, which opens up an interesting possibility. Kevin Pillar, out since early June with a fractured shoulder that everyone assumed at the time was season ending, was playing on a rehab assignment until Triple-A Oklahoma City’s season ended last week. Word trickled down on Monday that Pillar has a locker in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, which might mean an activation is in the cards.

Injured list stints can be backdated by up to three days, and the minimum stay on the IL for a position player is 10 days. That means the Dodgers could place Taylor on the IL on Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday, and he would be eligible to return in time for Game 1 of the NLDS if health permits. The Dodgers would have to make a 40-man roster move to activate Pillar, who is on the 60-day IL and therefore doesn’t count against the 40-man roster, but that could be as simple as transferring either Phil Bickford or Michael Grove to the 60-day IL.

The big question is whether Taylor will be ready for the NLDS, and there’s just no way to know at this point. Sometimes a cortisone injection works magic and the person feels great within a day or two and sometimes it doesn’t work nearly that quickly. The Dodgers would presumably be hoping for something much closer to the “magic,” so Taylor would have time to get some live at-bats before the start of the NLDS.

Whether it’s Pillar or Miguel Vargas or someone else, the Dodgers are certainly bouncing around some Plan B options in case CT3 isn’t ready by October 11.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. How about bringing up Outman? They need someone who can hit and hit regularly, while carrying the dead weight of Gallo, and others!

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