Joc Pederson talked with Michael J. Duarte of NBC Los Angeles regarding his injury that has since been reported as an abdominal contusion.
Pederson left Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the fifth inning after crashing full-speed into the right field wall. He was trying to rob Rockies’ outfielder Charlie Blackmon of a three-run home run and he wound up being successful. Only one run scored as opposed to three, courtesy of the hustle of Joc Pederson.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has since labeled Pederson’s abdominal contusion as more of a day-to-day scenario as opposed to something more serious in nature.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 3, 2019
Pederson on Injury
When asked about his abdominal contusion injury, Pederson sounded delighted and relieved:
“No broken ribs, so I’m feeling alright and doing a lot better. I got the wind knocked out of me and I got weird cramps in my oblique/rib area so they were a little concerned, but so far so good.”
Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA also asked Pederson if he believed he had broken something upon initial impact:
“Not really. When I hit it, it was mostly just the wind getting knocked out of me and was the biggest notice. But I couldn’t really move my arm so that part was not that good. It was a normal collision and your body just protects it and goes to those certain areas.”
Pederson Getting Hot
Before leaving Monday’s contest with the Colorado Rockies, Pederson crushed two home runs and a double that was almost out of the yard. He was asked about how he felt about his power display:
“I was just seeing the ball really well and have been the past couple of days. I like where I am at and just swinging at my pitches and putting the barrel on it. “
Later on in the presser, Pederson also confirmed that he did NOT take an x-ray for his abdomen and that the pain was limited to his oblique and mid-section.
On the season, Pederson is slashing .242/.333/.519 with a career high 30 home runs in 128 games.