The Dodgers outfield should be getting 3 guys back within the next couple of weeks. Given the lack of guys they’ve had out there during this hot streak, that’s huge news for Los Angeles and Dave Roberts.
One guy that is closer than anticipated is AJ Pollock. The Dodgers outfielder went down with a bad hamstring strain against the Angels only to come back and strain it again almost 2 weeks ago. He wasn’t expected to be back for ‘a number of weeks’.
But the latest update from Dave Roberts suggests it could be soon. Doc is hoping that the Dodgers can get him back with the team in Los Angeles this week to start rehabbing or taking live at-bats with them.
He’s had a good couple of days staying back and running around. With AJ, I would say early next week I would be very pleased if he’s back with us. We have to talk with him more whether it’s live at-bats, going on an assignment to take at-bats, listen to the player and what he feels he needs to get ready. The hamstring is one thing but also, feeling comfortable in the batter’s box so he can hit the ground running is another thing.
It’s not clear right now how many at-bats Pollock would need. The Dodgers also might want to slowplay it with the roster crunch they have coming up. Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry could be back in the lineup this weekend, meaning 2 guys would go back to Triple-A.
But the good news is that Pollock is producing. During their rough losing streak, he was one of the Dodgers’ most productive hitters. When the entire lineup is healthy, Pollock can slot back in nicely against left-handed pitching.