The Dodgers lineup was noticeably absent of one name on Sunday afternoon. Facing off against a right-hand pitcher, Joc Pederson is usually expected to be in there. That was not the case against the Rockies today.
When asked about why Joc was away from the lineup, Dave Roberts advised that it was a personal issue. Joc had to step away from the Dodgers with what is being described as a family issue. He could be away from the team for a few days, so they could potentially make a roster move this week as a result.
Joc Pederson is fine but has a family matter he tending to. He is away from the #Dodgers and might be away for a few days.
Roster move on Tuesday possible.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 7, 2020
Obviously family matters are private, so it’s not really clear at this point how long he will need to be gone. Joc has slotted into the lineup pretty often this season, usually when the Dodgers are facing off against right-handed pitching.
The Dodgers could call up plenty of guys waiting at the alternate site if they need a bat to replace Pederson. Zack McKinstry could be a potential candidate for a call-up should the need arise, but there are more guys that could fill the spot.
Mookie Betts was not in the lineup on Sunday. Dave Roberts called it “a day of rest.” Gavin Lux was in the leadoff spot for the first time this season.
Pedro Baez threw a simulated game on Sunday and faced the injured Justin Turner. He could return as early as this week but there is no official timeline for his return.