Span had to open the season on the disabled list after underdoing surgery on his core muscle in March. He was able to play in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday before taking Saturday off. He's atop the lineup for Nationals in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Taylor performed well while filling in as the team's center fielder. He hit .271/.314/.500 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 48 at-bats. He'll return to Syracuse where he can play every day, but he'll likely be back with the Nationals the next time an outfielder is out for an extended period with an injury.
With Span expected to return from the DL in the near future, the Nationals aren't sure what to do with Taylor. The team could send him to Triple-A so he can continue to play every day, or the team could keep him in the Majors as a bench player.
"The fact that Mike can play all three positions is important," manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. "Days like today where (Jayson Werth's) not in there and days upcoming for Denard if we get to a point were he's played a bunch in a row and needs a day then yeah, there's starts in there. The question for any young player, the consistent at-bats are what really makes your season. That's why we have a minor league system, is because you can give those guys consistent at-bats and they can improve and get better. It's a tough question, ultimately a question we're going to have to answer. We have to look at Michael, at what's best for him, too."
Taylor came through with his second home run in the season in the fifth inning off Phillies starter Cole Hamels, breaking a 2-2 tie to put his team up for good. He's done a great job while filling in for Denard Span in center, hitting .282 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases, but he's also struck out 14 times in 39 at-bats. With Span likely to return to the team this weekend, perhaps as early as Friday, it's possible Taylor will soon be headed to Triple-A to bide his time until another injury hits the Nationals outfield.
Escobar has a .367 on-base percentage through seven games. He has a career .353 on-base percentage in 222 games batting first.
Taylor took starter Jerome Williams to a full count in an eight-pitch at bat, then hit one out to left field. Taylor went one for four and is hitting .294 for the season.
"It was nice to get on the board early, but it was only one run," he said. "We needed more than that tonight."
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