Manager Dave Martinez said that outfielder Michael A. Taylor will miss "a significant amount of time" due to a sprained left knee and hip.
Michael A. Taylor has a sprained left knee and hip. Davey Martinez says he’s going to miss “a significant amount of time.”— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 15, 2019
It's a tough loss. Taylor has shown flashes of potential in five years at the big league level. In 2017, he finished with 19 home runs, an .804 OPS, and a 104 OPS+.
Now, the team will turn to the young phenoms Juan Soto and Victor Robles to carry the load along with veteran outfielder Adam Eaton.
At the very least, Taylor would have served as a respectable fourth option, but with this injury, the Nationals will be spread incredibly thin. An injury to any of the aforementioned three outfielders could be disastrous.
Obviously the Nats we’re setting things up for Victor Robles to open the season in center field anyway, but Davey Martinez acknowledges they need a backup OF who can play CF. Andrew Stevenson will get some reps in the coming days. They may need to look outside organization.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 15, 2019
At least the injury occurred in Spring Training rather than midway through the year. The team still has time to look for other options both inside and outside the organization before making a final choice.
It's nothing catastrophic, but the injury puts them on thin ice.