Chris Taylor’s injury limits Mariners’ alternatives to Brad Miller

Staff writerMay 15, 2014 

Tacoma Rainiers infielders Chris Taylor, right, and Nick Franklin prior to a game vs. the Salt Lake Bees at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2014.

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Triple-A Tacoma infielder Chris Taylor is headed to the 7-day disabled list after injuring his left pinky finger on a slide at second base in Tuesday’s game at Las Vegas.

So scratch Taylor as an immediate alternative to slumping Brad Miller.

Plans call for Taylor to be examined next week in Seattle. Until then, all is speculation, but the preliminary best guess — guess, mind you — is the injury isn’t too serious. Club officials are hoping Taylor can return in two weeks, perhaps less.

Taylor, 23, was absolutely raking this season in 35 games for the Rainiers in compiling a slash of .372/.414/.593. That had club officials taking a harder look at him as an possible alternative to Miller.

Now, that won’t happen anytime soon.

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