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Dodgers: Update on A.J. Pollock

Dodgers’ outfielder A.J. Pollock underwent successful surgery on his elbow on Thursday, May 2 and he was released from the hospital on Friday, May 3, according to manager Dave Roberts.

There is no timetable for when he will be able to resume baseball activities, but Roberts said he will be out for “an extended period of time”. He also said Pollock is currently resting and taking antibiotics for the infection.

“He’s gotta heal up, and at some point in time he’s going to start playing catch and doing all those other things, and that will tell us more about when we expect him back,” Roberts said. “But right now, for the foreseeable future, he’s in recovery mode.”

Luckily for Pollock, the bone structure is still intact and the surgery was just to remove the hardware that was placed in when he broke his elbow in 2016.

Taking some time off might be good for Pollock as he has struggled to begin his Dodgers’ career. Through 115 plate appearances, the 31-year-old was slashing .223/.287/.330 with 2 home runs, 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, a 67 wRC+, and -0.3 WAR. He also struggled on defense with -5 defensive runs saved, -2.9 ultimate zone rating and -2 outs above average.

In his absence, Alex Verdugo, Chris Taylor, and Kiké Herandez will share time in centerfield. Cody Bellinger will remain in right field, while Joc Pederson and Taylor will platoon in left field.

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Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. It would be easy to say the Dodgers should have seen this coming, from a guy who has been hurt alot and 2 prior elbow surgeries. It would be easy to say that it was stupid to sign him , there are always other options. But since he IS under contract and wears a Dodger uniform I’m pulling for him, hoping this clears up the elbow problem once and for all. Hoping he can give the team 3.5-4 good years and help them win a couple WS. Go Dodgers!!

    1. I agree with you, #14. If the team had done its due diligence, this medical issue might not have arisen. Like you, I do hope for the best for AJ. Go Blue!!!

  2. PLATOON PLATOON PLATOON! Not much else to be said as far a CF while Pollock is out. It’s a crying shame however that this excessive platooning strategy, where by Roberts and that puppet master create marginal only players out of guys who might be better served playing more on a regular basis. But even though that platooning was a part of the team’s demise in last year’s WS it doesn’t seem to matter… Same ole same ole

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