AJ Pollock’s regular season could’ve been over in the first week of September after suffering a hamstring injury on September 4th. Instead, the Dodgers outfielder is back in the lineup and back to crushing opposing pitching.
On Friday night in Arizona, Pollock blasted a two-run homer off a hanging sinker from Humberto Castellanos into left center to give the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead.
Pollock Credits Dodgers Training Staff
Pollock was effusive in his praise of the entire Dodgers training staff in helping him return well ahead of schedule. Note, Pollock is a “we”, not “me” guy. Rams head coach Sean McVay would be proud.
“We were able to get out here earlier than we thought in the beginning. That’s a credit to a lot of people who put in work. A lot of the trainers – it was a ton of people. Even minor league strength coaches came in and helped me out at the end. Minor league players came through. It was awesome. Big team effort.”
Still Not 100%
Even after hitting a homer in his third game back, Pollock admitted his hammy still isn’t 100%.
“It’s feeling alright. I’m going to gain more confidence the more games I play. I was always going to push, push, push. Not cross that line, but right to that line and keep being aggressive.”
Before his injury, Pollock was having an incredible second half. He was slashing .327/.374/.515 and was right near the top of the leaderboard in batting average. Pollock played a large role in keeping the offense afloat as LA managed injuries and slumps.
Getting Pollock back can only help the Dodgers are they chase down the Giants in the NL West. With Cody Bellinger sidelined, Pollock’s triumphant return couldn’t have come at a better time.
As usual with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was a total team effort.