Taveras was making his spring debut after dealing with an ankle issue related to his recovery from 2013 ankle surgery. He batted eighth and manned right field before exiting.
Taveras has been slowed while recovering from ankle issues this spring, but was able to get through an intense running session Thursday. He's slated to play right field, and will hit eighth against the Mets. Taveras is considered one of the best prospects in the game, and could still break camp with the major-league club if all goes well.
Taveras was able to run the bases, and work on sliding and stopping drills. He said he felt "much better than first time" he performed these drills. Taveras still has yet to be cleared for games, but appears to be getting closer.
Taveras is only running at 80 percent thus far, and manager Mike Matheny said that's not "good enough." Taveras is coming back from an ankle injury. He's expected to play a big role with the club this season if he can get healthy.
The 21-year-old Taveras peaked at Triple-A last season. He batted .310 with five home runs and 32 RBI in just 188 at-bats before going down.
He is expected to make his major league debut at some point this year.
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