Who knew a 30-second montage of the Dodgers taking BP and infield practice could reveal a Taylor Swift-style Easter Egg?
While the Brew Crew and D-Backs duked it out for the right to advance past the best-of-three Wild Card round in the 2023 playoff bracket, the Dodgers are at home waiting for a challenge ... and returning to full strength in the process with Arizona now on deck.
The rotation is never going to look pristine, no matter how much time they're given to cook, but with every day of the break, Clayton Kershaw shakes off a little bit more rust. Kershaw admitted this week that he didn't believe the path of the 2023 season would conclude with a playoff start, based on his body's response, but is excited to potentially be turning a corner in the nick of time.
As Kershaw heals, the Dodgers also seem poised to reintroduce a key contributor to their lineup after a late scare on the road against the Giants. Utility man Chris Taylor was drilled in the knee by a pitch during the final contest of the season. But on Tuesday, with very little fanfare, he was spotted fully participating in the team's workout day. Credit to this sizzle reel for pointing fans in CT3's direction.
Dodgers NLDS Roster 2023: Chris Taylor full participant at workout
Could Taylor be squeezed off the roster entirely, even though his bat seems to come to life this time of year? It's possible; crazier things have already happened across the baseball world this October, with notables like Garrett Mitchell of the Brewers being banished to the sidelines.
Though he's been usurped in the narrative by recent arrivals like Miguel Rojas and Jason Heyward, Taylor was still as steady as ever this season, reaching the league-average 100 mark in OPS+, smashing 15 homers, and adding center field and second base duties to his docket (he otherwise split the majority of his time between left, third and short).
If the Dodgers' social media hint was any indication, expect Taylor to confirm the team's optimistic viewpoint and be ready for Game 1 on Saturday.