Finally, we may have a reason for the troubling early-season performance by A.J. Pollock. Indeed, when a successful big league veteran struggles for an extended period of time; injury can usually be questioned.
Furthermore, Dave Roberts shed light on this after Monday night’s 3-2 loss at San Francisco. Roberts told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Pollock has an infection in his right elbow. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager also stated that due to this, Pollock could soon end up on the injured list.
Dave Roberts said AJ Pollock has an infection in right elbow. Likely going on injured list.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 30, 2019
After signing a four-year, $55 million dollar contract; Pollock has appeared in 28 games for the Dodgers. In that time he has hit just .223 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in. Pollock has not stolen a base yet this season, unsuccessful in his only attempt.
Interestingly, Pollock did not start against the Giants on Monday night in favor of Alex Verdugo. This was the second time within two games that Pollock was not in the starting lineup.
While the timeline of when the injury initially occurred has not come to light, these details should make their way out in the coming days. It is also worth noting that outfielder Andrew Toles began baseball activities at Camelback Ranch on Monday. Toles could serve as a potential roster replacement for Pollock in the near-term.
Los Angeles will need to find someone to fill in the playing time for the veteran in Pollock’s absence. Equally important, Verdugo has earned the lion’s share of work for now. There is reason to believe that Chris Taylor could catch an opportunity for more playing time than his performance warrants due to this injury.
Dodgers’ fans must hope that after getting his health in order, Pollock can return to resemble the player he has been over the course of his career which began in 2012. Still, this is the type of strange injury that has become pattern-forming for Pollock in that time.
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