Minor League News: Joc Pederson Leaves Game Early Due To Injury
UPDATE: Joc Pederson’s injury was finally revealed and it turns out that he will miss at least a week and a half via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Joc Pederson: separated right shoulder, out at least 10 days. #Dodgers
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 25, 2014
Renowned by many as the top prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system, Joc Pederson has dominated this season in Triple-A for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Some fans have clamored for his promotion to the big leagues, despite there not being any room for the young center fielder. Manager Don Mattingly has reiterated that Pederson will not be promoted unless there is an everyday job available.
Today, it appears that Pederson could be missing a few days at least after leaving the game early:
#Dodgers OF prospect Joc Pederson left today's AAA game with an apparent shoulder injury after diving for a ball.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 24, 2014
While details of the extent of the injury are currently unknown, the fact that Pederson could be out for some time would not be ideal for the Dodgers. The trade deadline is fast approaching and the team has been rumored to be shopping their outfielder, possibly opening up a spot on the big-league roster for Pederson. Also, the 22-year-old prospect could be used as a key part to a bigger trade should the Dodgers go that route.
Currently, Pederson is hitting .320 with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 games for the Isotopes. He struggled a bit in the spring with the Dodgers, but managed to hit three home runs in his limited time. His speed could provide an upgrade on defense over Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke.
Once Pederson is diagnosed, it will be clearer as to whether the Dodgers will have a dilemma.
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