Astros, Rangers draft paralyzed players

HOUSTON

That didn't matter to the teams that picked them Wednesday during final day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, a 33rd-round pick of the Texas Rangers, and San Jacinto College reliever Buddy Lamothe, the Houston Astros' 40th-round selection, were both seriously injured recently.

Taylor broke his neck in March during a game when he collided with teammate Zach Cone, the Rangers' supplemental-round pick Monday. Texas director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg said the team's selection of Taylor was "something we felt was right."

Lamothe was injured last month in a diving accident in San Marcos, Texas.

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