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Michael Taylor | Outfielder | #3

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 209
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (0) / WAS
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Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's twinbill against the Mets.
Taylor has been banged up in recent weeks, so it was unlikely that he would play in both games on Saturday. Bryce Harper will slide over to center field while Matt den Dekker gets the start in right. Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:33:00 AM

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Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday's game with some swelling in his knee. Taylor is hitting just .219/.272/.351 since the All-Star break.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals' lineup Tuesday due to lingering knee discomfort.

The knee swelled up again on the Nationals' flight to Atlanta, so Taylor will sit out of Tuesday night's series opener. He should be an option to start Wednesday.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Michael Taylor returned to the Nationals starting lineup on Sunday, going 0-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies.

Taylor sat out Saturday's contest due to minor knee soreness and hamstring tightness. With the hitless night, Taylor is now hitting .231/.283/.363 with 14 homers, 62 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 451 at-bats.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:26:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Michael Taylor was held out of the lineup due to minor knee soreness and hamstring tightness.

It sounds as nothing more than the normal wear and tear of the major league season. Expect the dynamic young outfielder to return to the lineup in the coming days.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 01:53:00 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

While it's probably just a routine day of rest for Taylor, you wonder if his ill-advised dive that led to an inside-the-park grand slam on Friday has anything to do with his absence. Bryce Harper will start in center field while Matt den Dekker gets the call in left.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:52:00 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a day off. The Nats have Bryce Harper in center field, Jayson Werth in right and Matt den Dekker in left.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 03:33:00 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

Taylor sat out Wednesday's game due to continued swelling in his right knee. He still might require some days off down the stretch. The 24-year-old is batting .241/.289/.390 with 14 home runs, 61 RBI, and 15 steals over 118 games this season.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:02:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that Michael Taylor's right knee is "extremely swollen."

Taylor is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Mets and it sounds like he's going to remain sidelined for the rest of this week. Bryce Harper is in center, Jayson Werth is in right, and Matt den Dekker is in left on Wednesday night.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Michael Taylor is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Taylor has had a sore knee recently, but this just looks like a day off. Bryce Harper has moved over to center field, while Jayson Werth is in right and Matt den Dekker is in left.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 03:44:00 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Taylor hasn't started a game since Tuesday because of ongoing soreness in his right knee, although he came off the bench to deliver a walk-off homer Friday. He's probably still not 100 percent but is feeling well enough to give it a try.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Michael Taylor (knee) is close to returning to the starting lineup.

Taylor "labored" during a running test on Friday but will try again Saturday. Knee soreness has kept him out of the lineup since Tuesday though Taylor hit a walk-off home run as a pinch-hitter on Friday night. Bryce Harper has been filling in at center field.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 04:50:00 PM

Michael Taylor hit a pinch-hit, walk-off three-run homer in the 10th inning of Friday's 5-2 win over the Braves.

Taylor didn't start the game, as he's fighting through a sore right knee. When he came off the bench to homer off Brandon Cunniff with two runners on and nobody out in the bottom of the 10th, he proved that having functional knees is an overrated aspect of life. This season, the outfielder's hitting .240/.288/.392 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and 15 steals. His power and speed make him a useful fantasy option in deeper NL-only formats.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:07:00 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Taylor is battling a sore right knee and hasn't played since Tuesday. The good news is that an MRI came back clean and he's available off the bench. The Nats again have Bryce Harper in center field, Clint Robinson in left and Jayson Werth in right.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 03:50:00 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is out again Thursday.

Taylor was a late scratch from Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals with ongoing discomfort in his right knee. It's not believed to be a serious injury -- the Nationals were calling it a bruise last week -- but Taylor clearly needs at least one more day of rest. Bryce Harper is in center field and Clint Robinson is in left field on Thursday night against the Braves.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 04:02:00 PM

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