The Dodgers announced that Joc Pederson will begin his rehab stint on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Joc, who in a collision with Yasiel Puig strained his neck and suffered a concussion and has been sidelined since mid-May.
Joc Pederson had been struggling up to that point batting just .200 on the season with two home runs and 11 RBI’s. Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts mentioned in an interview that Joc will not only have to prove healthy but also prove that he can perform.
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Joc Pederson seems up to the challenge, as the first pitch he faced in his rehab, he hit the ball a country mile, starting what would be back-to-back-to-back home runs accompanied by Scott Van Smash and prospect Willie Calhoun.
Roberts: Joc Pederson will play when he returns but "We want him to be swinging the bat well." He noted how well Chris Taylor has hit RHP.
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The Dodgers have a lot of outfield players and it is a competitive position to fill. With Bellinger securing his place in the bigs, Chris Taylor continuing to receive innings in center, and Puig and Kike bouncing in and out of right field, one can assume that Joc Pederson will not be handed his starting job back just yet.WATCH: Justin Turner Goes Yard in 1st at-bat off DL