AJ Pollock, who was recently diagnosed with an infection in his right elbow, has received clarity on a timetable for his return.
A.J. Pollock will be out more than six more weeks.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 6, 2019
Although this is a bit vague with the word ‘more’ sticking out, at least this is not viewed as a season-ending injury by the organization.
Prior to his injury, AJ Pollock was not living up to his 4-year/$60 million deal, posting a .223/.287/.330 slash line over 28 games.
Pollock is quite possibly the most injury-prone player in all of baseball at this point, but getting him on the field as soon as possible is a must for this club. Even with the underperformance to start the year, Pollock is a .279/.336/.461 and 111 wRC+ career hitter and a .277/.330/.495 and 117 wRC+ lifetime hitter against southpaws.
The Dodgers currently rank in the middle of the pack with a .771 OPS against lefties in comparison to a second-best ranking against righties with a mark of an .817 OPS.
Dave Roberts also just discussed the idea of not tying Pollock to a given timetable just recently outlined here:
The Dodgers aren't getting tied to any recovery timelines with AJ Pollock.https://t.co/ohyR2cCA4F
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 6, 2019
The Dodgers do not have a pressing need for Pollock’s services at the moment with Alex Verdugo posting a .936 OPS and 150 wRC+ so far this season. This should allow Pollock all the recovery time he needs which could project him to return for the Dodgers some time around late-June or early-July as a reasonable estimate.
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