A day after a rough landing while making a diving catch, Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor had an MRI exam that revealed both a sprained left knee and a sprained left hip.
Before the MRI, manager Dave Martinez was optimistic. Afterward, he was left to work on a plan to fill out his outfield.
Taylor will miss "a significant amount of time," Martinez said, according to mlb.com. A timetable for his return was not revealed.
Washington is short on outfield depth, with Bryce Harper departing as a free agent and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals have veteran Adam Eaton, who has a history of nagging injuries, as well as Juan Soto and Victor Robles. Taylor is expected to fit into that mix.
Matt Adams, Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick could also pick up some time in the outfield, if necessary.
Taylor, 27, batted just .227 with six home runs in 134 games last season, a year after he batted .271 with 19 home runs in 118 games. He is a career .239 hitter over parts of five seasons with the Nationals, including 47 home runs with 165 RBIs in 483 career games.
--Field Level Media