The Seattle Mariners have announced that shortstop Chris Taylor will miss the next four to six weeks of action after breaking a bone in his right wrist.
Taylor will have to wear a brace for his wrist for about seven to ten days, before he receives any other treatment on his wrist. The club expects him to return to baseball activities hopefully in the month of May. He had undergone an MRI to determine the extent of his wrist injury after a ball had struck his wrist on a foul ball yesterday, which revealed a fracture in his triquetrum bone in his right wrist.
The 24-year-old was involved in a two-man competition for the Mariners’ starting shortstop gig along with Brad Miller. In wake of the recent news of Taylor’s injury, Miller will undoubtedly win the spring’s shortstop completion, at least for the moment.
The two were neck-and-neck in regards to the competition. This spring, Taylor was hitting .421/.450/.842 with one home run and four runs batted in over nineteen at-bats, compared to Miller, who is hitting .412/.474/.882 with two home runs and three runs batted in over sixteen at-bats.
In 151 plate appearances for the Mariners’ big league squad during the 2014 campaign, Taylor slashed .287/.347/.346 with no home runs and nine runs batted in over 47 games played. In 346 plate appearances for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, he had a slash line of . 328/.397/.497, along with five home runs and 37 runs batted in, over 75 games played.