Chris Taylor played a pivotal but brief role in the Dodgers’ victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night. Relegated to the bench to rest his sore left hamstring, he arrived as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning and drilled a double off Mets ace Jacob deGrom. Taylor coasted into second base and then was removed for a pinch runner — pitcher Ross Stripling.
“That’s a first,” Taylor said.
After aggravating his leg Wednesday at Chicago, Taylor did not start a game this weekend at Citi Field, but the Dodgers did not move closer to placing him on the disabled list. Manager Dave Roberts described the situation as “not ideal,” but suggested the team hoped to avoid shutting down Taylor for 10 days “unless we have to.”
“Where Chris is at right now, he’s doing some things as far as testing it,” Roberts said of the hamstring. “But to the point where we feel comfortable that he can just go out there and play and let it go and play the way that he’s capable of — we’re just not there. It’s a day to day thing.”
With Taylor on the bench, Enrique Hernandez has started at shortstop and he homered twice in Sunday’s win. The Dodgers lack a qualified backup, although Logan Forsythe could fill the role in an emergency.
Buehler throws ‘pretty good’ bullpen
Walker Buehler threw a bullpen session Sunday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list after his June 8 start with a microfracture in his ribcage. Buehler had his throwing session postponed from Saturday in deference to lingering soreness in his ribs.
Buehler threw 17 pitches Sunday. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt described the outing as “pretty good.”