Well, this isn’t ideal.
Chris Taylor hasn’t played in a number of days due to a neck issue. According to manager Dave Roberts, there’s a chance Taylor isn’t ready to go for the NLDS next week.
Taylor has now missed three straight games with neck tightness. With the NLDS set to start in exactly one week, his status is currently up in the air.
“It just came from nowhere,” Roberts said to reporters. “He can’t move his neck. It hurts swinging the bat.”
Roberts added that he’s hopeful Taylor could be ready to go for Wednesday’s finale, but said it’s unlikely. Taylor received a cortisone shot on Monday morning, so we’ll see how that is able to help him.
In regards to what the next step is with Taylor, Roberts is unsure. At this point, it just seems like a waiting game until he feels 100 percent ready to return.
“If his neck feels good, he’s earned the ability for us to trust him,” Roberts said to reporters. “If he feels good and shows that his swing isn’t compensated, it’s a pretty easy decision.
“When you’re talking about the neck, there’s a lot of things you have to be dynamic as a baseball player. I am concerned. I’m still hopeful. To say that it’s not a possibility [that he misses the NLDS] I don’t think would be honest.”
Although Taylor is having his worst year as a Dodger, losing him for a postseason series would be a massive blow. He’s a playoff hero for LA, winning NLCS MVP honors along with having a walk-off homer in last years Wild Card game. In 11 games last October, Taylor hit .351 with an OPS of 1.202.
If Taylor isn’t ready by next week, look for the Dodgers to add either James Outman or Edwin Rios to the postseason roster.