On the same day the Nationals called up Alejandro De Aza to replace Brian Goodwin, who went on the disabled list with a sore left groin, another Nationals outfielder had an injury scare. During the sixth inning of Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels at Nationals Park, Michael A. Taylor fouled off a ball that bounced near the plate and then hit him on the side of his face. It looked like it hurt.

Nationals athletic trainer Paul Lessard came out to check on Taylor, who only recently returned from a right oblique injury that cost him more than a month. Taylor struck out in the at-bat but remained in the game, and it’s a good thing he did. During the next inning, he robbed Los Angeles’s Juan Graterol of an extra-base hit with a tremendous diving catch.

Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark’s reaction said it all.

As Taylor running catches go, it was a ho-hum grab, but especially nice for someone who just took a baseball to the face.

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