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Top Taylor Walls News

  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Expected in mid-April

    Walls (hip) is expected to take the field within two or three weeks of the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports.

    Walls is recovering from hip surgery and won't be ready to take the field on Opening Day. There hasn't been much detailed information about his rehab, but he has resumed defensive work while taking swings off a tee. He's also begun running to test the range of motion in his hip. Assuming he remains on track, Walls shouldn't miss much time and will compete with Jose Caballero for the starting shortstop job once activated from the injured list.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Not expected for Opening Day

    Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander revealed last week that it's "unlikely" Walls (hip) will be ready for Opening Day, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    Walls underwent surgery in October to repair a labral tear in his right hip. Manager Kevin Cash had expressed optimism last month that the infielder would be ready for the start of the season, but Neander isn't as hopeful and also noted that, when Walls does make it back, he's unlikely to receive a full workload. Jose Caballero appears poised to be Tampa Bay's Opening Day shortstop.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Progressing with rehab

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Walls (hip) is on track to be ready for the beginning of the 2024 season, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.com reports.

    Walls underwent surgery in late October to repair a labral tear in his right hip and relieve discomfort caused by an impingement, but he has progressed well in the early stages of his rehab program and could resume workouts sometime in February. The 27-year-old racked up 22 stolen bases over 99 games in 2023, though he finished with a rough .201/.305/.333 overall slash line.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Recovering from hip surgery

    Walls underwent right hip surgery Monday and is expected to return to participating in baseball activities in February, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The procedure was to relieve discomfort from an impingement and repair a labral tear in his right hip. Walls' readiness for Opening Day will be determined later in the rehab process, according to a release from the team. He hit .179 with a .278 slugging percentage in his final 263 at-bats of the season.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Gets start at shortstop

    Walls is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Series opener versus the Rangers.

    Walls didn't start two of the Rays' final three regular-season games and has posted an anemic .491 OPS since the beginning of June. However, manager Kevin Cash trusts Walls' glove at shortstop more than anyone else and that's earned him a start in Game 1.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Sitting amid slump

    Walls is absent from the lineup Friday at Toronto.

    Junior Caminero is playing shortstop and batting sixth as Curtis Mead handles second base and hits third. The 27-year-old Walls has slashed just .125/.250/.208 with 21 strikeouts over his last 57 plate appearances dating back to Sept. 7.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Back from paternity leave

    The Rays reinstated Walls (personal) from the paternity list Monday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Walls was away for a couple of days while tending to more important real-life matters. Tristan Gray had replaced Walls on the roster but will now head back to Triple-A Durham with Walls back in tow.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Placed on paternity list

    Walls was placed on the paternity list Saturday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Walls can be away from the team for up to three games. To take his spot on the roster, the Rays selected the contract of Tristan Gray.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Back in action Thursday

    Walls (groin) is starting at shortstop and batting seventh Thursday versus the Mariners in his return to the lineup.

    Walls hasn't played since Sunday because of a groin injury, but he feels well enough to give it a go in the series opener against Seattle. Assuming his health cooperates, Walls should see the bulk of the starts at shortstop for the Rays while Wander Franco is on administrative leave.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Could come off bench Wednesday

    Walls (groin) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox but could be available off the bench, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The 27-year-old indicated he's fully recovered from the groin issue that's sidelined him the past couple days, but he'll still be held out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale. Walls is expected to rejoin the starting nine Thursday versus Seattle but could see more regular off days going forward in an attempt to manage the injury. Osleivis Basabe will receive another start at shortstop in his place.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Could return Thursday

    Manager Kevin Cash said Walls (groin) is feeling better but isn't expected to rejoin the Rays' lineup until Thursday's game against the Mariners, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Walls is sitting for the second straight game Tuesday due to a groin issue, and it appears he'll also be sidelined for Wednesday's series finale versus Boston. It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, so the 27-year-old should be back by the end of the week. Vidal Brujan is making a second consecutive start at shortstop Tuesday.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Remains out of lineup

    Walls (groin) remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox.

    Walls is a little banged up with minor groin soreness, though the Rays seem confident it's merely a day-to-day situation. He had just returned over the weekend after being out more than six weeks with an oblique strain. Vidal Brujan is getting another start at shortstop while Walls recuperates.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Battling groin injury

    Walls is absent from the Rays' lineup Monday versus the Red Sox due to a groin injury, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Walls just returned Saturday after missing more than six weeks with an oblique strain and he lasted just two games before suffering another injury. The Rays are hopeful that he'll be able to avoid an IL stint this time around, but he'll be down for at least a day or two. Vidal Brujan is at shortstop Monday.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Takes over at shortstop

    Walls went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Sunday against the Guardians.

    As expected, Walls has taken over the starting shortstop job in Tampa Bay, as he's started consecutive games at the position since being activated from the injured list Friday. He's gone 3-for-8 in that span and most importantly showed a willingness to be active on the basepaths Sunday. Walls will likely be limited to the bottom third of the order but should still be a solid source of stolen bases and runs scored down the stretch.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Returns from injured list

    Walls (oblique) was activated Friday from the 10-day injured list, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Walls is recovered from a left oblique strain that has kept him sidelined since late July and figures to get consistent work at shortstop down the stretch with Wander Franco on administrative leave. Osleivis Basabe remains active with major-league rosters expanding from 26 to 28, but he could slide into more of a utility role.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Expected to return Sept. 1

    Walls (oblique) is on track to be activated from the injured list Sept. 1, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Walls recently turned a corner in his recovery from the left oblique strain that sent him to the injured list four weeks ago. He'll take another round of live batting practice Sunday before then embarking on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham that is slated to run from Tuesday through Thursday. Walls could see significant action at shortstop upon his return with Wander Franco on administrative leave.

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  • Rays' Taylor Walls: Return not imminent

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Walls (oblique) is "still a ways away" from a return, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    A left oblique strain forced Walls to the injured list back on July 22 and there is still no timetable for his return to major-league action. The switch hitter has swiped 20 bags this season and he's taken a step forward with the bat, with a 95 wRC+ putting him just a little below league average by that metric.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Cordele, GA
Age: 27
School: Florida State
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: S, R