For the third straight season, Michael Taylor provided fantasy owners with cheap power and speed, but this time he reached new heights while playing regularly in place of Adam Eaton (knee). Taylor's swing-and-miss ways (31.8 career strikeout percentage) will limit what he can offer in terms of batting average -- he probably will struggle to top his .271 mark from last year, although he makes the most of his limited contact (34 percent hard contact rate, 20.0 percent HR/FB last season). With their optimal Opening Day lineup, the Nationals likely will want Taylor in center field. After all, he ranked sixth in the majors with a 10.1 UZR., but with Eaton returning and top prospect Victor Robles looming, Taylor will have a limited margin for error.
Taylor (side) went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Tightness in his side had kept Taylor on the shelf for nearly two weeks, but he looked to be healthy patrolling center field in his return to the lineup and appears to be on track for Opening Day. The 26-year-old posted a career-high .806 OPS last year, and if he can avoid lengthy stints on the disabled list, he could be poised for his first 20-20 season in 2018.
Taylor (side) will be in Saturday's lineup against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Taylor has been out of the lineup since March 5 with side tightness. He has appeared in a minor-league game and is now set to return to Grapefruit League action. Barring setbacks, he should be good to go by Opening Day.
Taylor (side) played the field in a minor-league game Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Taylor has already missed over a week due to the injury, but it seems like he's getting very close to 100 percent. No timetable for a return to Grapefruit League action has emerged yet, but the fact that he's getting back into games (even on the minor-league side) is a very encouraging development. Taylor should be ready for the regular season once the time comes barring any extraneous circumstances.
Taylor (side) may not return to Grapefruit League games soon but will continue participating in team workouts, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Although Taylor has missed over a week due to side tightness, the team isn't concerned that he's dealing with a significant injury. Rather, Taylor being withheld from Washington's lineup is a precautionary measure to ensure that he'll be healthy when Opening Day arrives. Until he returns to the lineup, Taylor will regularly participate in baseball activities.
Taylor (side) was able to practice Saturday and didn't seem overly concerned with the injury, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Taylor has been out all week due to mild right side tightness. It doesn't appear as though this injury will limit him for too much longer, but the Nationals are likely being overly cautious with the outfielder after the strained oblique he suffered last season. Expect to see him back in Grapefruit League contests at some point in the near future.