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Updated: Taylor leaves Nats-Padres game after colliding with wall

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Updated: Taylor leaves Nats-Padres game after colliding with wall

[Updated: 11:14 p.m.]

Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night.

Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of the seventh inning. The rookie outfielder suffered a right knee contusion on the play and is considered day-to-day.

"He ran pretty hard into the fence. He’s also day-to-day and we’ll see how he is tomorrow," manager Matt Williams said.

Taylor leaped for the ball at the warning track and slammed into the wall at full speed. He then dropped to the ground holding his right knee.

"He ran into that wall hard. Full speed, as fast as he could go," Williams explained. "I don’t know if you saw it on television, but there’s a big rip in the padding out there from his cleats, but it got him on the right knee pretty good. I don’t know if he hit a stanchion or a bar or whatever, but he didn’t feel very good after."

Williams and trainer Steve Gober came all the way out to center field to check on Taylor, as did teammates Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Gober examined Taylor's right knee before helping him walk slowly off the field and into the dugout.

Danny Espinosa, who replaced Escobar in the infield, moved to left field once Taylor left the game. Rookie Trea Turner entered at second base, while Harper moved to center field.

Thursday night's starter Joe Ross is hopeful Taylor will not be out long.

"It's tough to see Mikey run into the wall like that. He's played plenty of good plays doing it just like that. Hopefully he's back in a couple of days. But I guess we'll what happens," he said.

Taylor was in the Nationals' lineup on Thursday due to Denard Span sitting out because of back soreness. Span is now headed to the disabled list once again after suffering a setback.

Taylor, 24, is batting .241 with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 109 games this season.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.