Chris Taylor has been competing with Brad Miller for the Mariners’ starting shortstop job this spring, but he’ll now begin the season on the disabled list.
Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Taylor will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right wrist. The 24-year-old suffered the injury when he took a pitch off his wrist in the sixth inning Friday against the Brewers. The pitch was ruled as a foul tip and Taylor actually completed the at-bat by reaching on a single. However, tests later revealed the bad news.
Taylor batted .287/.347/.346 over 151 plate appearances as a rookie last season and was off to a nice start at the plate this spring. He’ll have to wait to push Miller for the job.