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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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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.

Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.

Here's what happened next:

If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers. 

And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone. 

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.

The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.

The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.

Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.

He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.

The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.

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