The Dodgers 2021 season can be summed up essentially by bad health. There are a number of other factors that have gone into a bad start, but health is a big reason why the team has had to piece together lineups.
On Friday night, Dodgers fans almost lost one of their most productive bats. AJ Pollock came up limping on a ball that he chased down and appeared to be seriously hurt. He was removed from the game and replaced in left field by Gavin Lux.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Pollock sustained a grade 1 hamstring strain. That would be the least severe level of a hamstring strain which is the best-case scenario. Doc also said that the immediate plan is not to put him on the injured list.
Instead, the Dodgers will wait until tomorrow to see how Pollock feels. They plan on having an extra position player with them at Angel Stadium in case his status has to be downgraded. In that case, he would be placed on the injured list.
DJ Peters is a good candidate to replace him should Pollock’s status change. But the hope is that he can stay off of the IL and remain with the team. With so many starters unavailable as it is, the team would obviously like to have him available.
If he has to miss a few games, Matt Beaty will likely see more starts in the outfield. Beaty has been one of the better hitters over the rough stretch of losses, but Roberts has had a hard time getting him into the lineup.