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, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be 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 Kenta Maeda Jersey
, 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 Matt Kemp Jersey
, 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 most impressive performances from the 2018 World Series came from the unlikeliest of players.The Boston Red Sox benefited from standout showings by a journeyman first baseman and a pitcher with a history of postseason struggles.As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who fell short in the World Series for the second consecutive season, they received some impressive performances of their own, but they just weren't enough to overpower the machine that was the Red Sox.Thanks to the collection of brilliant outings over five games, the Red Sox are headed home to celebrate their fourth World Series crown in 15 years, while the Dodgers are left to figure out what it needs to do to win its first world championship since 1988. Most Impressive World Series PerformancesSteve PearceSteve Pearce's second-ever postseason participation will live on in baseball lore forever.The World Series Most Valuable Player bashed a pair of home runs in Game 5 to secure his spot in MLB history and send the Red Sox back home with a trophy.Pearce recorded the best batting average of any Boston player with more than 10 at-bats, and he led the club in home runs and RBI in five World Series games.Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesMost of Pearce's damage was done in the final two games of the series, as he drove in seven runsour in Game 4 and three in Game 5.Prior to the 2018 postseason, Pearce had one RBI in seven playoff contests from Baltimore's run to the American League Championship Series in 2014.Before Game 4, the 35-year-old was an afterthought when discussing the Boston lineup, as he failed to record a hit in four straight games.But the MVP showed up in the most critical moments, with an eighth-inning home run in Games 4 and 5 as well as a first-inning blast that set the tone for the series-clinching victory. David PriceThe other Boston player deserving of MVP honors was David Price, who got rid of his postseason demons with a pair of terrific performances in Games 2 and 5.Price, who earned his first postseason victory as a starter in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey
, twirled a pair of gems on the mound, as he gave up three earned runs over 13 innings.David J. Phillip/Associated PressIn the process, Price eliminated any concerns about his postseason production that lingered from his awful showing in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.Price's Game 5 performance was his most important, as he allowed the tired Boston bullpen to rest as he kept the Dodgers lineup off balance.The left-handed hurler wasn't overpowering like some of the other pitchers in the World Series, as he recorded five strikeouts in each start, but he was on point and didn't make many mistakes.Because of his turnaround in the ALCS and World Series, Price forever reversed the narrative around his postseason capabilities, and he'll go down as one of the most important figures of Boston's championship run. Justin TurnerBright spots were hard to come by for the Dodgers, but they did have a few players who stepped up to give them a fighting chance in each game.Third baseman Justin Turner hit .333 in the World Series and recorded the most hits of any Dodgers player with eight.Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesTurner's production came in bunches, as he had three games in which he produced two or more hits, including three base knocks each in Games 1 and 4.Unfortunately for Turner, the batters behind him in the Los Angeles order were unable to deliver the same results at the plate.Turner crossed the plate twice in the World Series because of the inefficiency of players like Manny Machado, who hit .182 in what could have been his final appearances in a Dodgers uniform. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.