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Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor

Johnathan Taylor

Former Georgia baseball player Johnathan Taylor is released from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, two months after the outfielder sustained a neck injury during a game against Florida State that cut his baseball career short. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, David Tulis) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT NO SALES


The Rangers used their 33rd-round pick Wednesday to draft University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who was paralyzed after an outfield collision in March and is considered unlikely to walk again.

Taylor fractured two vertebrae in his spine in a collision with teammate Zach Cone three months ago. Cone was the Rangers’ second-round pick, and it looks like the team decided it’d be a nice gesture to select Taylor afterwards.

The paralysis has affected all of Taylor’s extremities, so he is considered a tetraplegic. He has some use of his arms, but no feeling in his legs or fingers. Still, he is able to use his hands again and even play video games. Since his spinal cord wasn’t severed, the hope is that his condition will continue improve with time.

Taylor hit .335 with a team-best .442 OBP for the Bulldogs in 2010. He was playing in Georgia’s 11th game of this season when he was injured.