Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock is slated for a minimum six-week shut-down after undergoing elbow surgery, he told reporters including Pedro Moura of The Athletic (via Twitter). He’ll likely need a ramp-up period thereafter, almost certainly pushing his return to the majors into the month of July.
Fortunately, it does not sound as if there’s much reason to fear ongoing physical problems. The procedure addressed a staph infection in his right elbow, but that’s healing nicely so far. The present timeline is based upon the catheter that was set in his biceps muscle in the other arm in order to treat the infection.
The Dodgers don’t seem inclined at this point to go searching for another right-handed-hitting outfielder to fill in for Pollock. Instead, Travis d’Arnaud was signed to function as a third catcher and bench bat. There are certainly enough pieces on hand to fill the void in the outfield, even if the club is now down a key cog. Chris Taylor seems sure to receive ample action, while the lefty-swinging Alex Verdugo and Joc Pederson will likely also get more chances.
Take your time Pollock, Verdugo is much better
What a waste of money. This guy can’t stay healthy
They should of signed Andrew McCutchen or Kept Puig
Both those guys cant play CF adequately. Espically the Puig part. The team is just fine fleecing the Reds and getting rid of player the team clearly wanted gone
Perfectly said kenley
I second that. We still have time to get value out of pollock in this deal too don’t forget that.
Yep it is
Are you kidding me? “ Get value out of Pollock”. Great 80 game a year player. What is this a surprise to anyone other than Dodger fan? The guy all of a sudden is going to stay healthy as he gets older? The Dodgers will never win a World Series with Friedman and his 9 play 9 positions idea and Roberts and his oh my gosh my pitcher gave up 1 hit I need to pull him in the 3rd inning of our first post season. NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN
Will Pollock ever play a full season. So much potential, but so little playing time.
If he plays 80 games or so after returning this year, which it seems like he’s on pace to do, would put him at about 110 games played; after 112 and 113 the last two years. Consistently inconsistent!
Somebody needs to come up with a “this guy can’t stay healthy” rubber stamp. It would save some posters a lot of typing.
What else is there to talk about with Pollock? He doesn’t play enough to talk about his play on the field.
If we’re not hearing that said about Pollock we will be hearing it said about someone else before the day is done. It’s a cliche. A generic comment.
Should have signed Adam Jones!
That could be said about most of the teams in the league. Dude signed cheap and is having a nice year so far.
Not really he is exactly what people expect. Respectable offense. Butcher on defense. Thats what everyone knew he was long before he signed
Hey Kenley you are average at best now really hope they sign Kimbrel they need help bad.
I’m not Kenley Jansen and i want them to sign Kimbrel very bad. But hey i made my username my favorite pitcher so i guess i gotta live with it.
Right now, he’s better than what anyone would reasonably expect. Still bad on D, but he’s having his best year with the bat since 2012. No one expected that.
He is having a great year. If he season finished now this year would be his second best year for OPS+.
Baseball seasons dont finish ij May.
That’s why the words “so far” and “right now” were used. You’re two steps behind – catch up.
Quality depth is wonderful, it’s just too bad LA doesn’t have it in their pen.
Oh Waaaaa our 196 million dollar team doesn’t want to spend another 17 million for Kimbrel.
Cry me a river
I only see one person having a cry, and that’s you.
Gotta think the Dodgers were half expecting this to happen, simply based on his career stats. In fact, they are probably stoked it happened this early in the season so he will be fresh for the playoffs.
Unless he gets hurt again…
wE dOnT nEeD bRyCe hArPeR
And they dont. They are getting great production from Bellinger, Joc and Verdugo. How would another LH corner OF help
Codylove not gonna hit .400 all year, Joc Ks ALOT and that Pollock money is just years of regret
He doesn’t have to hit .400 to produce more than Harper. “Joc K’s a lot” is a dumb lazy argument from 2016. Joc has struck out 24 times in 98 ABs. Harper 43 Ks in 120 ABs. Saying Pollock is years of regret yet Harper signed for 13 years LOL. And sure just ignore Verdugo another guy hitting better than Harper
That .400 is a huge part of what’s carrying them. The majority of Joc’s production is coming on medium & low leverage spots hitting .176 2 HR in high leverage spots, everything Verdugo does is on a prove it basis and all his XBH are medium & low leverage. Adam Jones was 1yr 3mil and everyone knew of Pollock’s injury history and Harper is a cash cow, does nothing but generate revenue that could go back into the team in addition to a transformative lineup presence.
Thank you, Captain Obvious. Are you sure Bellinger is not going to hit .400 this year? I am so disappointed.
Hahaha yeah it’s inevitable. No need to cry I’m sure skeins other than crippled Pollock will pick up the slack. Speaking of injuries d’Arnaud is on the way no fear lololol
Joc has 10 HRs this season and the idea that only 2 of them mean anything is a bunch of nonsense. The Dodgers do not need Bryce Harper, Adam Jones or even Pollock. Thats the type of team they are weather you like it or not
You should acquaint yourself with leverage and impact statical metrics when giving the pompoms a rest, for your own betterment. For the most part Joc hits less significant dingers or he’s striking out… that’s his 2019 game… whether you like it or not that the statistical iron clad facts… in addition to Codylove coming back to earth and AJ being a waste of money and less than Adam Jones. So sorry.
Joc K’s a lot? 26… and how many K’s does Harper have???? 45…FORTY FIVE…
One thing has nothing to do with another. How many does Gallo, Bryant, Davis have? Same deal. Low leverage performer that does nothing to move franchise value, sell tixx/merch nor transform a lineup. Eat breathe void blue… but only for 6 innings to beat the traffic. XDDDDDDD
What a sheep. This guy really thinks Dodger fans would be impacted by Harper ticket wise. News flash they are 1st in attendance with or without Harper. Harper is so up and down. You are stuck in ESPNs fantasy land if you think Harper is a top 10 player in baseball. But sure lets pay his inconsistency for 13 years. The Dodgers have the most wins in the sport with a potent offense. They dont need each other no matter how much you spin it
Lol no one disputed their attendance that’s hilarious. It is a matter of fact he increases attendance which increases profit, plus jerseys flying off shelves, news flash- baseball is a business and he is great for business. But hey throw money at crippled Pollock lol. All those wins and consecutive WS losses are a cooler story. Eat breathe void blue… but only for 6 innings then beat the traffic hahahaha
Why do you continue to whine about Harper? If you cant handle a four year contract for a decent outfielder at the current market value you’d have an aneurism if you tried to wrap your little brain around a 13 year superstar contract.
Lol you seemed to miss the parts about Adam Jones at 1yr 3mil while you were electing to be needlessly hateful in lieu of having no legit retort to LA overpaying for a consistently injured OFer. Eat breathe blue… but only for 6 innings to beat the traffic. XDDDDDDD
“needlessly hateful”?? I was pointing out that the Dodgers were concerned with your mental well being. Sorry that you are so thin-skinned as to be hurt by my honest assessment. Keep trolling, though.
That transplant team isn’t concerned, good try… they’ll always be a transplant team that’ll never change. Like I said… in the absence of no point you turn to what people do these days and insult like a kindergarten child. Cool story, heard it a billion times… is the flavor of the moment til time expires. Crippled AJ will make it all better out in the Fairweather LA. Lakers are trash, they lost the Raiders so sure have this hahaha. As they say… Eat breathe void blue… for 6 innings then go beat the traffic. XDDDDDDD
Bottom line no centerfielders were available I get that but we had plenty of options for CF and we could of easily signed a 2b or RF better than Pollock. Scoop or Adam Jones both come to mind.
Adam Jones is the guy they should have signed. Many Dodger fans were hoping for this & Arizona got him for 1 year 3 million & he is producing as expected.
People talking about how he can’t stay healthy are clueless
The procedure was to remove metal that had become bothersome because he healed fully and properly. The metal in his elbow was no longer needed and causing irritation
This isn’t a case where he got injured. If anything the surgery is a result of him being fully healthy.
Not even a Dodger fan
All of his injuries have been freaky but it doesn’t fit their narrative.
I don’t think anyone really cares he can’t stay healthy more he can’t produce and didn’t need to be signed.
You know what the Dodgers biggest positon player need is? Right handed hitting CF. But sure they should have signed Adam Jones or Schoop instead even though they have better optiond at those positions already
We have Taylor/ Kiki / Verdugo /Bellinger all could of played CF. Jones and Schoop are right handed why I mentioned them. If they signed a 2b he would play 2b while kiki/ Taylor / Verdugo play center. If they signed a RF then Bellinger / Taylor/ Verdugo play center.
Adam Jones is inept in the field. There is zero reason tp bring in someone to downgrade your OF. They are getting plenty production at 2B from Kiké and Muncy occasionally. These are 2 players they really dont need. Pollock makes the rest of the guys more versatile. Your idea just makes them constantly have to shuffle the lineup even more.
*Excuse me, I mean Pollock gives them more set roles.
It’s not set because Pollock is worse than Kiki / Taylor in center. It would be more set if we picked up a 2b who could actually stay heathy and hit like Schoop or DJ lots of options were available hopefully at the deadline they make a move.
No, actually, Pollock is not worse than other players mentioned. He had a staph infection for goodness sake. Still a good signing. He will be fine in the long run.
As a Dodger fan I’m happy Friedman went out and got Pollock. There weren’t many bats of his caliber on the market at such a low AAV. I like when someone said he will likely be fresh for the second half. The guy can rake when he gets settled in. The talent and versatility throughout the roster creates rest for those who need it. They always make a big move at the deadline to position themselves for the stretch run. I find it difficult to argue much when it comes to their organizational philosophy as the results give us an opportunity in the playoffs every year. It’s going to happen where they pull it off and it is going to be such a great feeling when then do.
Absolutely true, Vero Joe.
AJ Pollock and Joe Kelly were worst signings Dodgers made! Should have looked at others! Glad Verdugo and Bellinger and Pederson are playing good in outfield abs hitting!