Michael Taylor, back in the lineup and contributing
by Jacob Emert | MLB.com
WASHINGTON — Michael Taylor made his first start on Sunday since crashing into the center-field wall and suffering a right knee contusion on Thursday.
Taylor was 2-for-4 in Sunday’s 7-4 win over the Marlins, but the most promising sign came in the top of the sixth inning, when Taylor went full speed toward the wall again to reel in a Jeff Mathis deep fly ball.
“Just still trying to be aggressive,” Taylor said. “I had a pretty good idea where the wall was. This one was a little shorter, so the wall didn’t beat me up this time.”
It was Taylor’s 24th multi-hit game this season, and he figures for several more with center fielder Denard Span missing the rest of the season.
“Mikey’s been huge all year,” Clint Robinson said. “Mikey’s going to continue to go out and be our every day center fielder I assume. He’s been huge for this team. He’s been having a really good rookie season, I think. He’s very important to us and he’s a heck of a player.”