Chris Taylor is out of the lineup on Friday night against the Rockies, two days after the Dodgers center fielder suffered a left knee contusion while running to first base against San Diego.
He tested the knee on the field in Denver under the watchful eye of the team training staff before Friday’s game.
Chris Taylor said his knee feels good. He expects to get the day off today, but figures he'll be in the lineup tomorrow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 29, 2017
Curtis Granderson starts in center field on Friday, his second start and sixth game at the position since joining the Dodgers. Andre Ethier starts in left.
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|LF||Ethier (L)||RF||Gonzalez (L)|
Taylor left Wednesday’s game in the first inning after he slipped on first base when reaching on a throwing error. After the game Wednesday, both Taylor and manager Dave Roberts were hopeful that Taylor wouldn’t miss any time.
“It was more of a scare,” Roberts said. “It’s not a good feeling seeing your center fielder and lead off hitter hobbling out there.”
Batting title watch
Justin Turner enters Friday night hitting .321/.415/.530, second in the National League in batting average to Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, who is hitting .328/.397/.598.
Turner is 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles against Colorado starter Chad Bettis, including 1-for-3 in 2017. Blackmon is 6-for-19 (.316) with a double and two walks against Hyun-jin Ryu, though just 1-for-9 this season.
No Dodger has won a batting title since Tommy Davis in 1963.