Dodgers' Chris Taylor won't start Game 6 against Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor scores past Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud on a hit by Mookie Betts during the seventh inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Credit: David J. Phillip

Chris Taylor is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Taylor wasn't in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, a day after injuring his right ankle.

Manager Dave Roberts said Taylor was moving around and feeling better than expected. Roberts indicated the versatile player could be available to play if needed with the Dodgers facing potential elimination again.

Kiké Hernández started at second base for the Dodgers against Braves left-hander Max Fried. AJ Pollock was in left field.

Atlanta, trying to get to its first World Series since 1999, had its same lineup as Game 5 to face Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

Taylor injured his right ankle on a throw from the left field line in the eighth inning of Friday night. Taylor finished the game.

It was only the second time this postseason that Taylor didn't start for the Dodgers. He has started seven times at second base, and Game 5 of the NLCS was the fifth time in those games that he had a midgame switch to left. His other two starts in these playoffs came in left field.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor reacts after striking against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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