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Top Chris Taylor News

  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Likely headed for utility role

    The Dodgers envision Taylor filling a utility role in 2024 after the team signed Teoscar Hernandez to a one-year, $23.5 million contract Sunday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

    Hernandez is expected to slot into a near-everyday role in left field, while the Dodgers are likely to deploy Jason Heyward and Manuel Margot as platoon partners in right field. Though his pathway to regular action in the corner outfield appears to be closed, Taylor will still be an option at either spot when any of those three players receive a day off. Additionally, Taylor is capable of covering center field, second base, third base and shortstop, giving him multiple avenues to picking up at-bats if the Dodgers lose one of their everyday infielders or outfielders to injury. When the Dodgers are at full strength, the righty-hitting Taylor could still have a good chance at cracking the lineup versus left-handed pitching at the expense of either James Outman or Gavin Lux (knee).

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Not starting Game 2

    Taylor is not in the lineup Monday for Game 2 of the NLDS versus the Diamondbacks, Juan Toribio of reports.

    Taylor looks to be over the knee injury he suffered in the final game of the regular season, as he appeared in Game 1 off the bench. He'll ride the pine again to start Game 2, with Miguel Rojas starting at shortstop, Mookie Betts handling second base and David Peralta covering left field.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Back in action for NLDS

    Taylor (knee) appeared off the bench in Saturday's 11-2 loss to Arizona in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, going 0-for-2 while playing two innings in left field.

    Taylor exited the Dodgers' regular-season finale against the Giants on Oct. 1 with a left knee contusion, but he had sufficient time to heal up from the injury while Los Angeles was on bye for the wild-card round. The 33-year-old will likely fill a utility role throughout the Dodgers' postseason run, with most of his playing time expected to come against left-handed pitching.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Playing in intrasquad game

    Taylor (knee) is participating in an intrasquad game Wednesday in Los Angeles, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Taylor was hit on the left knee by a pitch in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Giants, but he only suffered a mild contusion and is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday. Miguel Rojas (hand/wrist) is also playing in Wednesday's intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Diagnosed with knee contusion

    Taylor left Sunday's game against the Giants with a left knee contusion.

    He avoids a serious injury after getting hit by a pitch and exiting the season finale. Taylor should have enough time to get right for Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Departs after HBP

    Taylor was removed from Sunday's game against the Giants after being hit by a pitch on the left knee, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The 33-year-old initially remained in the game after the hit-by-pitch, but he was lifted just an inning later. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but Taylor will have most of the week to recover ahead of Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Big night in Miami

    Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Thursday's 10-0 win over the Marlins.

    After a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the sixth, Taylor put the finishing touches on the rout with a majestic three-run shot in the eighth. The versatile veteran has gone deep in back-to-back contests, matching his home run output from his previous 41 games. This marks the second time in Taylor's career that he has reached 15 homers and 15 steals in a single season.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Swats homer in loss

    Taylor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Taylor had the only extra-base hit in the contest for Los Angeles, taking A.J. Puk deep to left field for a game-tying solo shot in the seventh inning. It was the utility man's 14th homer of the campaign through 318 plate appearances, an uptick over the 10 long balls he hit across 454 plate appearances last season. Taylor has chipped in some speed as well with 15 thefts in the current campaign, though he's batting just .227 and has struck out at a 32.7 percent clip.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Nabs 15th steal

    Taylor went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Sunday's 3-1 win over Atlanta.

    Taylor has gone 4-for-10 with five walks and three steals over his last five games. He's picked up eight of his 15 steals this season since the start of August. The 33-year-old is starting to hit a little better, but he's slashing just .226/.322/.420 for the season with 13 home runs, 40 RBI and 43 runs scored through 97 contests.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Perfect at plate Tuesday

    Taylor went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

    It was a strong effort for Taylor on his 33rd birthday. He had gone just 6-for-25 with two extra-base hits and no steals over his last nine games. The versatile veteran is now at a .228/.317/.427 slash line with 13 steals, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, 41 runs scored, 12 doubles and a triple over 93 contests this season.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Hits homer in win

    Taylor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Brewers.

    Taylor finished the scoring with a seventh-inning blast. The homer was his first since July 17. During his 21-game power drought, he hit .227 with just two doubles and seven RBI, though he had five stolen bases in that span. The utilityman is at a .219/.309/.426 slash line with 13 homers, 38 RBI, 39 runs scored and 12 steals through 84 contests overall.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Picks up two steals

    Taylor went 1-for-2 with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Rockies.

    This was Taylor's second multi-steal effort in August, and he's logged five of his 12 thefts on the year over 11 contests this month. The utility man has hit safely in three straight games, going 4-for-10 in that span. For the season, he's at a .218/.306/.414 slash line with 12 home runs, 37 RBI, 38 runs scored, nine doubles and a triple over 271 plate appearances.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Snags two steals

    Taylor went 0-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Padres.

    Taylor made the most of his trip on base, stealing second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The utility man continues to provide coverage at multiple positions, most recently spelling Max Muncy (wrist) at third base over the last two games. For the season, Taylor is up to nine steals while slashing a shaky .216/.297/.428 with 12 home runs, 37 RBI and 35 runs scored through 77 contests. He's hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games, going 11-for-44 (.250) with nine walks in that span.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Out of lineup Tuesday

    Taylor is not in the lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Orioles.

    On Monday, Taylor received his first start since coming off the injured list Friday, though he had logged four at-bats in a non-starting role over the weekend. The utility man produced the biggest hit of the contest Monday against Baltimore, belting a sixth-inning grand slam that turned a two-run Dodgers deficit into a two-run lead. Taylor started at shortstop before moving to left field late in the game, but Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop Tuesday while David Peralta is manning left field.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Remains sidelined

    Taylor isn't in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Mets, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Despite being activated from the injured list ahead of Friday's contest, Taylor has yet to re-enter the Dodgers' lineup. Mookie Betts will continue to start at second base while Taylor sits, keeping Jason Heyward in right field and batting seventh.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Activated Friday

    Taylor (knee) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against the Mets.

    With Miguel Vargas at Triple-A, Taylor should be able to play pretty regularly, at least in the short term. He hit .189 with two home runs and one steal in 37 June at-bats before landing on the shelf. Taylor went 2-for-5 with one home run in two rehab games.

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  • Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Moves rehab to Single-A

    Taylor (knee) shifted his rehab assignment to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk while playing seven innings at shortstop.

    Taylor was making the second appearance of his rehab assignment, after he initially went 1-for-2 with a walk while playing for the Dodgers' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate Friday. Though the utility player saw action at shortstop Sunday, he could end up settling into a regular role at second base when he's likely activated from the 10-day injured list when the Dodgers reconvene following the All-Star break. The Dodgers have an opening at the keystone after optioning the struggling Miguel Vargas to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, VA
Age: 33
School: Virginia
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: R, R