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Dodgers: AJ Pollock to Undergo Major Surgery on Right Elbow

The Dodgers’ biggest off-season acquisition, center fielder AJ Pollock, will undergo an invasive major surgery on his right elbow tomorrow.

AJ Pollock being injury-prone is a well-documented fact at this point and this only further proves that. The club signed Pollock to a 4-year, $60 million pact with an option in the off-season to be their everyday center fielder. Pollock has injured his right elbow twice in the past, most notably in 2016 where he shattered it during a Spring Training slide at home plate.

As expected, AJ Pollock is going to miss a significant chunk of time. As noted below, Roberts claimed that Pollock’s season is not over which is good to hear. With the emergence of Alex Verdugo, the loss of Pollock stings a bit less but it is still a major loss nonetheless. Expect Verdugo to now receive everyday at-bats against both lefties and righties while he moves around the outfield.

AJ Pollock had been underwhelming in his first month in Dodger blue, posting a .223/.287/.330 slash line with a 66 wRC+ mark. Pollock is still a supremely talented player when he is healthy, but that seems to not be very often as he has shown throughout his career. Let’s hope AJ gets back to full health soon and can at least be fully healthy for a potential stretch run and playoff run.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Wow some people are just unlucky…I would not be anywhere near AJ Pollock in a lightning storm! He is a major talent when he is not injured or nursing injuries… These days infections can be a major league issue. Hope he comes out of it OK.

    Verdugo gets his shot I am sure he is going to do very well and I am very happy for Mat Beaty as he has been in the Minors awhile and is a good contact and on base guy and hopefully shows his talent. He pinch hit last night and got his first major league hit…He can play infield and corner outfield slots.

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