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Dodgers: AJ Pollock Credits ‘Total Team Effort’ for His Speedy Recovery



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.

NEXT: Cody Bellinger Got a Haircut and the Internet Lost its Mind

Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. So is Pollock hurt again as the reason why DRRRRRRRRRRRRRR’s doesn’t have him in the line up and the D=bags are beating us 4-1 in the 6th inning? I guess the winning and homer in last nights game was too much for DRRRRRRRRRRRRRR’s to handle. Here we go DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    • LOL. Kirk, with all those RRRRRRRs, I got a bit dizzy. But I heard Roberts say they were going to go a bit easy on him to ensure there’s no aggravation to that hammy injury. It still seems odd after the great night he had last night that he got rested today. But no matter what, Kirk, Dodgers are 2 games out with 7 to play and it looks like we will face the Cards, the team that’s won 15 straight in that October 6th one and done game. That’s the reality as it looks now and Dodgers unfortunately stand a good chance of seeing their 100+ season be over.

  2. Pollock sure hit the ground running! Great news, even though DR is still infatuated with getting Cody back.

    Bubbalousky.

    — Biggest Dodger fan here in “Ven-CH-ura”, California

    • Pollock was so Good DUFUS DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR’s benched him for winning the game last night. Then, just gave the D-bags the game by putting Price in……..DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. This is the same Ol S&*()……. DRRRRRRRRRRRR

      • As Bubbalousky says, DRRRR IS so concerned with getting Bellinger back in the line before seasons end that i question where his real focus is and that of this team after tonight’s embarrassing loss by a 7 to 2 score against AZ. October 6th could be ending up to be the darkest day for this year’s team, sorry to say but IIWII.

        • Yeah Paul, the Old “We’re saving” our hottest hitter for October….Roberts will do the same same stupid S#-t in the playoff’s like he used to do with freese, Utley and Russ Martin. It will change from saving for the playoff’s to , now saving them for “Later” in the playoff’s, or “we liked the lefty righty matchup”. Nobody really cares about 100 win seasons when it produces the same results. If Roberts had a brain he would have just sent the team to Hawaii for the month and really gave them the ‘Plush” relaxation and pampered environment they all so much deserve. Meanwhile over in St Louis, their team is pushing the same line ups, same batting orders, pitching etc only getting stronger and setting winning streak records. That’s what healthy teams do this time of year, and I mean MENTAL health….

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