Taylor Has a Fractured Left Foot

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Chris Taylor will be out for a while. He fractured his left foot on Saturday even though the initial x-rays did not reveal any fracture. Taylor tried to play on Monday against the Colorado Rockies, but with swelling in his ankle, he must leave the game in the fifth inning. Tuesday, Taylor underwent a CT scan that showed a fracture.

At no time this season, Taylor has looked healthy. Besides re-signing a 4-year $60 million deal, Taylor underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery this past season to remove debris. In the past, he played in both infield and outfield, but this season, trying to protect him from throwing from awkward arm angles, the Dodgers have not had Taylor play in the infield.

After Taylor was an offensive force during the 2021 season, he has struggled offensively. During the month of June, he struck out almost 40% of the time. This season he has six home runs, a low total at the All-Star break for Taylor. The surgically repaired elbow appears to prevent Taylor from extending the elbow, needed to produce power.

In Taylor’s absence, both Trayce Thompson and Jake Lamb will split time in left field. They should produce more offensively than Taylor. Hopefully, while his left foot fracture heals, Taylor’s elbow will feel better. In the stretch run, the Dodgers will need Taylor’s offensive production.

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