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15.05.2019 02:56
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(AP) —sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip, leaving the club thin at that position with opening day less than two weeks away.“I think he’s going to miss a significant amount of time,” manager Dave Martinez said Friday.Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse earlier in the day before heading to have an MRI.“He’s a big part of our ballclub,” Martinez said after getting test results. “So I just hope that he recovers quickly and we can get him back out there as soon as possible.”Taylor had been set to enter the season as one of Washington’s top four outfielders; it appeared he was going to be the first one off the bench, behind starters Adam Eaton in right, Juan Soto in left and rookie Victor Robles in center.Robles and Taylor are the only true center fielders available to Martinez, who acknowledged Friday, “You’re correct: There’s no outfield depth,” after a reporter brought up the issue.Bryce Harper, of course, has departed for the Philadelphia Phillies, a year after another starter, Jayson Werth, left the Nationals. The club traded two backups last season, and while Eaton is a veteran starter, Soto was an unexpected revelation at 19 last year, and Robles appears ready to make an impact at 21, Taylor was the only other sure thing in the outfield.Taylor said his knee and hip stiffened shortly after he made a diving catch in center during the second inning of Washington’s 10-4 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.“I went to slide, and the outfield was a little soft, and my knee stuck in the ground,” Taylor said.In the moment , Martinez said, “It was kind of scary. I ran out of the dugout right away, because it didn’t look too good.”Now Andrew Stevenson will see time in center field and the team could look for other options.“When you start a season with just four outfielders, you want a guy who can play center field,” Martinez said. “So we’re going to have to really look for that guy.”Matt Adams, a backup first baseman, started Washington’s 11-3 win against the New York Mets on Friday. Of the more than 470 starts Adams has made in his major league career, only 30 came in left.Martinez said that Wilmer Difo, a backup infielder, also will see time in the outfield in the coming days.Another utility player who can play in the outfield, Howie Kendrick, is working his way back after straining his left hamstring in a game on March 5. Martinez said Kendrick is not yet running at full speed.Notes: Newly signed LHP Tony Sipp said he’s been throwing two bullpen sessions a week since January. “But,” the reliever added, “still always different when you get a batter in the box. I haven’t thrown to live batters. The arm is ready. Just kicking it into the next gear is going to be a challenge here in the next two weeks.” Washington opens the regular season on March 28. Sipp threw a side session of 35 pitches Thursday, and Martinez said: “My biggest thing with him — and I talked to him yesterday — is: ‘As much as we want you for opening day, you missed significant time in spring training, so hopefully you’re ready. But if you’re not, you’re not. But we want you to be fully ready, so if it takes you an extra three or four appearances down here, so be it.'” The former University of Maine shortstop could be the university’s first major leaguer since Mark Sweeney last appeared in the bigs in 2008"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsThird-Rounder Jeremy Pena Primed for Success in First Full Pro CampaignNew,6commentsThe former University of Maine shortstop could be the university’s first major leaguer since Mark Sweeney last appeared in the bigs in 2008CSTShareTweetShareShareThird-Rounder Jeremy Pena Primed for Success in First Full Pro CampaignMiLB.comFrom his tenure in St. Louis through today Wilmer Difo Jersey , Jeff Luhnow has been known for finding talented players in unconventional places, whether it be through waivers, trade, free agency, or the draft. His 2018 third-round pick, Jeremy Pena, was far from an under-the-radar prospect, but comes from a University (Maine) that hasn’t seen an alum make their big league debut since 1995. The Astros clearly liked Pena, making him Maine’s highest draftee in school history, taking him approximately a round ahead of his projected range. He carries a skillset that is typical of an Astros college draftee, bringing potential for plus defense and an advanced approach to the diamond. A native of Providence, Pena was a strong prep player and was drafted in the 39th round by the Braves out of high school in 2015, but declined to sign and took his talents to Orono. He started at short for three consecutive seasons for the Black Bears, steadily improving as a hitter and fitting in two Cape Cod League seasons in 2016 in 2017, earning an all-star nod in the latter. Pena was raised by former big league infielder Geronimo Pena, and it shows in his play. Coaches and scouts consistently praise his defensive ability at short, where both his glove and arm draw plus grades. Pena has an impressive build and a discerning eye at the plate, and there may be an opportunity for him to tap into more power than he has shown in games. He has a tendency to hit the ball on the ground thus far, and was never able to get much going with wood bats during his summer ball runs. He may be a candidate for a swing adjustment in the pros, as the cut he has employed in college hasn’t allowed him to tap into his natural strength as a hitter and is a bit loose. He shows at least gap power at times but makes a bit too much weak contact at present. Pena is also an above-average runner, and was a successful base-stealer at the college level. With Pena’s fluid actions Brian Goodwin Jersey , arm strength and range, Pena could likely man any position on the infield dirt if asked, and his most likely role in the big leagues could be that of a utility infielder. That said, if he can hit at even a modest clip, his defensive prowess, patient approach and base-running ability, he could produce enough value with his diverse skillset to play regularly. He certainly wouldn’t be the first draftee with a similar profile to do so- though he may not produce as much power, Pena’s game is reminiscent of Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien, and his career to date looks quite similar to Semien’s through the same age. The two shortstops have similar frames, and like Pena, Semien struggled to hit the ball with authority as an amateur. Though he had a repuation for strong defensive ability up the middle, Semien hit just ten home runs in three years with the Cal Bears in college, and posted a modest .123 ISO in his first run in pro ball. His power seemed to click from there, his projection took a leap, and he has gone from a 6th rounder who signed for $130k to being worth nine wins in four years for the A’s. For Pena to achieve regular status, he will likely need to develop the kind of 10-15 home run power that Semien has shown outside of his 27 HR outlier in 2016. While I’m usually a hit tool chaser, Pena’s diverse toolkit has me excited to track his development, and I like his chances to outperform current projections.

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