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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Leaves Game with Apparent Injury

The Dodgers starting left fielder left late in Saturday’s contest with the Giants.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Joc Pederson left in the latter half of Saturday afternoon’s game with the San Francisco Giants. According to manager Dave Roberts, it is simple back tightness:

Although the initial words coming out of the Dodgers organization appear to be positive, this will be something to monitor over the next few days.

With lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants on Sunday, Pederson should receive a day off anyway and should be back in the lineup when the Dodgers open up the Freeway Series with the Angels against their two right-handers Griffin Canning and Felix Pena.

Should Joc see an Injured List stint in his future, Kyle Garlick, Kiké Hernandez, and Chris Taylor could all see increased playing time against right-handed pitching.

Pederson has gotten off to a fantastic start for the Dodgers in 2019, posting a 157 wRC+ and .991 OPS on the season, pushed by absurd marks of 179 wRC+ and a 1.086 OPS against left-handed pitching.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major 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. “Pederson has gotten off to a fantastic start for the Dodgers in 2019, posting a 157 wRC+ and .991 OPS on the season, pushed by absurd marks of 179 wRC+ and a 1.086 OPS against left-handed pitching.”

    Are you sure these numbers are against lefthanders? He rarely hits/plays against lefthander. Just askin’.

  2. folks who are or not here, time to realize one thing that might continue to happen…Bellinger will be walked intentionally a lot because teams don’t want him to beat them. don’t think for a minute that Zaidi did not have a hand in the decision to walk Cody 3 times yesterday, even though Seager, hitting behind him is swinging well now. They would rather Seager beat them than Bellinger I guess.. It’s why it is very important to keep an impact run producer batting 5th to protect Bellinger or he simply will not see any good pitches to hit. Now when a LHP is going, for Roberts to put Kike or Taylor batting 5th behind Bellinger is absurd!!!!!!!!

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