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Dodgers Injury News: Roberts Optimistic AJ Pollock Returns ‘Much Sooner’ Than Anticipated



The Dodgers offense took a hit when AJ Pollock suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month against the Giants. Given the timing of the injury and where the team was at on the schedule, it looked like something that could possibly sideline him for the rest of the season. However, there was some great news on the Pollo front from Doc on Saturday.

Dave Roberts shared a positive update on the injured outfielder who was seen putting in work at Dodger Stadium before Saturday night’s victory over the Padres.

He had a good day. A good day running and he’s in the weight room as we speak. He’s gonna swing the bat today — he hurt it sliding or running so I don’t think swinging the bat will affect it. So, he had a good day.

Pollock had been one of the better offensive performers all season long with a .297 average and .861 OPS over 107 games. But he’d been even better in the second half, hitting .329 since the All-Star game.

Initially, after he hurt his leg, the Dodger manager said he expected at least a 2-3 week stint on the injured list for AJ, but it looks like that timetable could end up being ramped up.

His time to return, I don’t know, but from that first day in San Francisco to today, I’m very optimistic that it’s much sooner than we anticipated.

Since losing Pollock, the Dodgers have thrown everything but the kitchen into left field as we’ve seen the return of Steven Souza Jr from Triple-A and even infielder Gavin Lux make his outfield debut this weekend. With Chris Taylor now dealing with a neck issue, the sooner a healthy AJ Pollock can return, the better for LA.

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Written by Selena Marquez

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  1. At this point, it seems doubtful that the Dodgers catch the Giants; therefore, a wild game is their most likely route into the playoffs. If that’s the case, then having a healthy Pollock and Taylor, as well as the rest of the team, is moire important than rushing him back. I cringe at the thought of a a one-game wild card playoff with a lineup including Bellinger and Sousa.

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