If you watched AJ Pollock be helped off the field a few weeks back, you — like most — probably thought that was the end of the season for the Dodger outfielder. He injured his hamstring on an awkward slide into third base in a 6-1 LA win over the Giants.
Thankfully it turned out to look much worse than it was and AJ was able to start doing baseball activities after being sidelined for less than two weeks. Over the weekend, he participated in simulated games at Dodger Stadium before heading to the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona on Monday. Now, he’s set to re-join the team on Thursday.
AJ Pollock will be back with the team in Denver tomorrow.
He will be activated on Thursday, according to Doc.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 21, 2021
Ahead of Tuesday night’s opener against the Rockies, Dave Roberts said that Pollock would join the team in Colorado on Wednesday and be activated for Thursday’s matinee.
If the move feels somewhat rushed, it could very well be. With Cody Bellinger hitting the IL on Tuesday and likely missing a good chunk of time with that rib injury, the Dodgers have a clear need for productive bodies. And, with Chris Taylor’s struggles with a neck issue, Pollock could likely take over in center field for Bellinger.
AJ has hit .297 with 16 home runs and 58 runs batted in over 136 games this season.