The Dodgers are getting a power left-handed bat back in the lineup today in Joc Pederson. The outfielder missed nearly a week after being placed on the family medical emergency list. Now, Joc is back in there at DH tonight.
Talking with the media prior to Tuesday’s game, Dave Roberts was asked about Joc being back in the lineup. More specifically, he was asked whether or not Pederson would be remaining with the team through the playoffs, with respect to his family’s privacy in the situation. For Doc, having Pederson through the first round is the closest he can get to a guarantee right now.
I can’t say with 100 percent certainly. Family first and Joc knows that, and his family understands that. I just know that Joc worked real hard to be here with us to finish out this home stand. I would expect him to be with us through the Wild Card series, but after that, I just don’t know.
Given that Pederson is facing a family matter, the exact circumstances are private and rightfully so. The only ones who really need or deserve to know what is keeping him off of the field are Joc and his family, so keep that in mind. But from what it sounds like, the Dodgers could be without him for a stretch of the playoffs.
There is understandable much uncertainty given the nature of his situation. However, he is here for the moment and, according to Roberts, ready to compete in these final few games of the season.
With both off the field matters and poor production on the field, it’s been a tough year for Pederson. For the season, the 28-year-old is triple slashing .174/.268/.376 with just 6 home runs in 39 games. Regardless, we’re sending our thoughts to the Pederson family and hoping for the best.
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