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Rays' Taylor Walls: Serving as DH in return
Walls (oblique) will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and No. 3 batter Thursday in a split-squad Grapefruit League game against Atlanta, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Walls is making his spring debut Thursday after he reported to camp battling an oblique strain that has prompted the Rays to bring him along slowly in workouts. The Rays will ease Walls back into the lineup in a non-defensive role, and he could be limited to DH duties for at least a couple more days before he gets the green light to make a start in the infield. Manager Kevin Cash has said that he anticipates Walls being ready to go for Opening Day, but that will be contingent on Walls avoiding any setbacks with the oblique during Grapefruit League play.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Could return Thursday
The Rays are targeting a return for Walls (oblique) on Thursday, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Walls has been out of action since the beginning of spring training with an oblique strain. The Rays and manager Kevin Cash have insisted that the infielder would be ready for the start of the regular season, and a return to the Grapefruit League lineup two weeks before the start of the campaign seems to make that likely. Walls will likely serve as a utility infielder in 2023, and his role won't have much fantasy relevance unless he earns a bigger opportunity.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Still on track for Opening Day
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that he still anticipates Walls (oblique) being ready to go for Opening Day, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "As of right now, I'm not worried about 'Wallsy.' I'm confident he'll be ready," Cash said.
Walls has been sidelined since the beginning of spring training with an oblique strain, but Cash and the Rays' training staff have apparently noticed enough progress from the infielder to become convinced that he's on track for the start of the regular season. Cash didn't specify where exactly Walls stands in his recovery, however, and the 26-year-old will almost certainly need to get at-bats in a handful of Grapefruit League games or minor-league exhibitions before he's formally cleared for Opening Day. Walls started in 122 of his 142 appearances for Tampa Bay in 2022 but is likely to serve as more of a short-side platoon option/utility man in the infield when all of Yandy Diaz, Wander Franco, Brandon Lowe and Isaac Paredes are available.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Resume baseball activities
Walls (oblique) resumed light baseball activities Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Walls has been dealing with a strained oblique since the start of camp but is "progressing well," Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday. It sounds like he probably has a ways to go before being cleared for game action, though.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Dealing with oblique injury
Walls has been sidelined at the start of spring camp with an oblique injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The infielder has not been able to participate in Grapefruit League activities while dealing with the injury. Walls is expected to serve as a backup infielder with Tampa Bay after hitting just .172.268/.285 with eight homers and 10 steals over 466 plate appearances across 142 games with the Rays in 2022. There should be further updates on Walls' status as the spring progresses.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Sits for Game 2
Walls will be on the bench for Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Guardians on Saturday.
The light-hitting infielder started at second base in Game 1 but failed to record any of the Rays' three hits and was eventually lifted for a pinch hitter. Tampa Bay will try to get a bit more offense going with its Game 2 alignment. Isaac Paredes will start at second base, leaving Walls to serve as nothing more than a potential defensive replacement.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Won't start Monday
Walls is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The newly recalled Vidal Brujan will get a start at the keystone while Walls rests after making three straight starts out of the middle infield. With Brandon Lowe (back) done for the season, Walls is poised to serve as the Rays' primary second baseman for what's left of the regular season and for the duration of Tampa Bay's playoff run.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Slugs eighth homer
Walls went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday against the Astros.
Walls was in the lineup for the fourth time in the Rays' last five games, and he tallied his eighth homer of the season in the eighth inning against Phil Maton. He has tallied a home run and a stolen base with four runs scored in that same five-game span. Walls also had two long balls, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored across 23 games in September, though he hit just .185 for the month.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Takes seat Thursday
Walls is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Guardians, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Walls has a .561 OPS through 21 games in September and will head to the bench for Thursday's series finale. Jonathan Aranda will step in at the keystone and bat leadoff.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Tallies 10th stolen base
Walls went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Tuesday against the Guardians.
Walls reached base on a one-out single in the second inning and stole second base. He has 10 steals on the season, three of which have come since Sept. 7. Walls has struggled otherwise, maintaining just a .173/.264/.281 line with seven home runs and 51 runs scored across 445 plate appearances on the campaign. Even so, Walls has started in both of the Rays' past two games against right-handed pitchers and appears to have at least temporarily emerged as the team's preferred option at second base ahead of Jonathan Aranda.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Returns to lineup Sunday
Walls (groin) is starting at second base and hitting ninth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Walls had been making appearances off the bench this weekend, but this is his first start since Thursday. He is hitting .171 with one home run and two steals in 18 games this month.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Still not starting
Walls (groin) isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Walls was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right groin tightness, but he appeared off the bench and scored a run. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Scratched from Friday's lineup
Walls was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays due to right groin tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Walls has been on the bench for three of the last four games, and he was removed from Friday's lineup a few hours before the start of the game. The severity of his injury isn't yet clear, but Miles Mastrobuoni will enter the lineup at the keystone and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Back on bench after three starts
Walls is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Astros, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Walls closed out the Rays' weekend series with the Rangers by making three consecutive starts out of the middle infield while going 2-for-9 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two additional runs. Though he'll be on the bench Monday, Walls should see his opportunities pick up following the recent placement of Brandon Lowe (back) on the injured list. Walls will be vying for playing time at the keystone with Jonathan Aranda and Isaac Paredes.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Headed for utility role
Walls will start at shortstop and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Walls will stay in the lineup for the second game in a row, but he's expected to handle more of a utility role for Tampa Bay moving forward now that Wander Franco has returned from the 10-day injured list. However, after starting in all three games of the Rays' weekend series with the Yankees, Franco will get a breather Monday, paving the way for Walls to step in at shortstop. Walls played third base in Sunday's 10-4 loss to New York, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Steals bag in victory
Walls went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.
Walls drove in the only run of the game on a fifth-inning single off righty starter Nick Pivetta, and the shortstop followed up with a double in the seventh. Walls has had even more trouble than usual generating power in his last 14 games with just one extra-base hit in 45 at-bats. The 26-year-old is serviceable at home, slashing .250/.323/.430 in 193 plate appearances, compared to .108/.216/.145 in 214 plate appearances away from Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Will not start Tuesday
Walls is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.
Walls started the last nine games for the Rays, but he tallied just three hits in 32 at-bats (.094) over that span, so manager Kevin Cash decided to give him a day to clear his head. Yu Chang will start at shortstop in Walls' place.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-10, 180 lbs|
|Birthplace: Cordele, GA|
|School: Florida State|
|Bats/Throws: S, R|