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Guardians' Naylor back from ankle injury that cut short '21

Josh Naylor
Posted at 3:04 PM, Mar 27, 2022

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It didn’t take a serious ankle injury to ignite Josh Naylor’s love of baseball.

But time away from the game definitely deepened his appreciation.

Nine months after a frightening collision ended his season, the Cleveland Guardians outfielder-first baseman is resuming his career.

The 24-year-old has played twice on the minor league fields so far, and all signs point to him getting into a regular spring training game on Tuesday.

Last June in Minnesota, Naylor was in right field and chasing a shallow flyball when he collided with second baseman Ernie Clement.

Naylor was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with a closed fracture and dislocation of the right ankle.

He underwent surgery later that week to repair those injuries, in addition to torn ligaments.