As the Dodgers season continues on, they are going to need health to be on their side. The team has dealt with a plethora of injuries this season and it has hurt them in different ways. Every team goes through injury problems as the year goes on but it seems that LA gets injury news almost every few days, if not more often.
One player that did miss some time due to injury but is back now is utility man Chris Taylor. Taylor dealt with some knee issues that forced him to miss almost a month prior to the All-Star break. While he is back now and is looking good, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn’t banking on anything. He is hoping for the best but understands that Taylor’s knee isn’t 100 percent.
“With where he’s at, we’re kind of hanging in there with it,” Roberts said of Taylor’s knee. “It’s not something that we can really bank on. I don’t think anyone can bank on his health the rest of the season. So just being mindful of that — I know our guys are.”Per The Athletic
The Dodgers need Taylor to stay healthy as he is one of their more trusted veterans on the team. His ability to play both infield and outfield positions gives the team major flexibility when building out a lineup. It’s a big reason as to why the Dodgers re-signed him to a big four-year deal a few years ago.
LA relies on Taylor due to his experience as well. He has been with the team for quite some time now and can be a valuable asset when healthy. The team is hopeful that his injury issues are behind him and even Taylor himself says that he feels okay during the games.
“It feels good in the games,” Taylor said. “When I get adrenaline and I prep it the right way, I don’t feel like it hinders me at all.”Per The Athletic
The Dodgers will be cautious with his workload to avoid further injury to him. They need him ready to go for the playoffs, where Taylor has proven to be one of the team’s better hitters.
In addition, Taylor is one of the few right-handed batters at the bottom of the lineup that LA can rely on. They have a clear need for help in that department and despite Taylor being back, they will try to address it during the trade deadline.
Hopefully Taylor can stay healthy and produce for the Dodgers the rest of the way. LA doesn’t need more big injuries hitting them as they head into the stretch run of the year.
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