While the Dodgers picked up season win number 104 on Friday night in San Francisco — tying a Los Angeles record — there was an injury scare during the game.
Left fielder AJ Pollock was drilled in the knee/shin area by an 87mph bean ball in the 5th inning. After an injury delay, he was replaced by pinch runner Chris Taylor and went for x-rays.
AJ Pollock coming out of the game after being hit by 87 mph pitch on the left shin. Headed back to the clubhouse with trainers.
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Of course, hearing “x-rays” and “AJ Pollock” in the same sentence sends shivers down the spine of Dodgers Nation.
AJ Pollock. Now THAT’S a man with a brand. pic.twitter.com/FvA4OVSO31
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Fortunately x-rays came back negative, and Pollock was in good spirits by the end of the game. He said that after about 30 minutes, the pain finally started going away and a collective sigh of relief came over the fan base.
Now on Saturday, manager Dave Roberts spoke on the status of Pollock.
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AJ was in good spirits this morning — he’ll be available to pinch hit… gonna move around a little bit. After the x-rays came back negative, I think there was a lot of relief. As it stands now I expect him to be in there tomorrow.
Thankfully Roberts confirmed that no further testing would be required for the outfielder.
Pollock has had a successful, if unspectacular 1 season in Dodger blue. He’s batting .265 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI in the first year of his 4-year deal signed this past off-season. While he’s experienced a few other setbacks (including elbow surgery and lower body issues), and had to be moved from center field to left, Pollock has also been a key offensive contributor in the second half of the season.
Since returning to the lineup after the All-Star break, the veteran is triple slashing .286/.347/.537 with 13 of his 15 homers, and 33 of his 47 RBI.