Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor is beginning his comeback from a fractured wrist, suffered almost a month ago. He began his rehabilitation assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday, August 15 in which he homered in his second plate appearance. During the first game he batted second and played shortstop. For his second game with the Quakes he batted second but as the Designated Hitter.
Chris Taylor will be the designated hitter tonight as the #RCQuakes face off against the Visalia Rawhide in the series opener!
— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) August 16, 2019
After a 2 for 3 game in his first appearance, Taylor came back and had another 2 for 3 day. In his first plate appearance he drew a walk. His second plate appearance followed a triple by Jeren Kendall (who scored on an error on the same play) and he hit a soft single to center. Taylor gave the fans a charge by hitting a deep fly ball in his third plate appearance but it ended up being caught. His last plate appearance resulted in a line drive single to left field.
After the game we were able to ask Chris Taylor a few questions. I asked him about how he felt after his first two games back:
I feel great. No concerns with the wrist, it feels strong and at this point, I think it’s just getting the at-bats and getting back in the rhythm.
Yeah, I took the splint off pretty early. Like 10 games in. They said the sooner you can move it around the quicker the recovery will be. Yeah, I didn’t have it on very long.
In the round of questions we learned that Taylor does feel 100%. For players on rehabilitation assignments it is not necessarily the results that matter, but seeing live pitching in game situations.
What Is Next?
Taylor will be making another appearance on August 17th with the Quakes. He clearly feels healthy but stated he needs to continue “getting the at-bats and getting back in the rhythm”. Chris Taylor is an important part of the Dodgers and their hopes of winning a World Series. It would not surprise me to see him activated within the next week which brings us to the upcoming roster crunch.