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:
Joc Pederson left the game with back stiffness, Dave Roberts said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 9, 2019
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.