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Dodgers Narrowly Avoid Scary Situation With AJ Pollock

The HBP was way too close of a call.



The Dodgers are going to need to win every game for the rest of the regular season. With only 6 more games to go before October rolls around, they still find themselves chasing the Giants by 2 games in the NL West.

Naturally, they’re going to need all of the help that they can get to sweep the next 2 series. That includes AJ Pollock, who just returned from the injured list this past week. The Dodgers also very narrowly avoided another injury to him on Sunday afternoon in Arizona. 

AJ appeared to be hit in the hand on a check-swing during the games. The Dodgers outfielder winced in pain but ultimately stayed in the game until he was replaced on defense late in the game. Luckily, it sounds like he is just fine

The Dodgers are going to need AJ ready to go for the rest of the year. He’s been one of their most productive hitters all year long, and that has not changed at all over the last 2 months. Since his return, AJ has 3 hits in 10 at-bats, all of which are for extra bases. 

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But it sounds like he should be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Padres. Dave Roberts ahs been replacing AJ late in games to manage his workload, especially when the Dodgers are up in the 9th inning. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Another Dodger hitter hit by a pitch that could have ended his season and Roberts says nothing , has no reaction or any desire to pay back the opponent in some way at least. Gutless is what I call this.

    • It’s not Dave Roberts’ fault that the Dodgers crowd the plate. In fact, before the Internet, getting hit by pitches was just a part of the game. Now it’s the fault of the manager.

      Thanks, Paul, for helping to ruin baseball.

  2. Unfortunately I think it’s one and done. Cardinals have our number from way back. Please let me be wrong!

  3. The Cardinals don’t scare me in a series, but one game against Wainwright sure does. Need to shoot for 0-0 through nine innings…

  4. It’s ridiculous how often Dodger batters are HBP and yet there is never any retaliatory response from their nice guy pitchers. The batters have to accept that their manager is going to say nothing or do nothing about it either. Roberts never challenges bad calls, never sticks up for his players, he just doesn’t want to get his little hands dirty. Roberts is not a fighter but more so like a cheerleader. JT has ALWAYS crowded the plate so he gets what he asks for, stupid is WSD. This is his last season as a starter as he just doesn’t have body to take the daily grind. Pollack better be careful out there because it seems like he is walking on ice. Only a miracle can save the Dodgers at this point because too many games were blown by either poor managerial decisions or lack of offense or both since Roberts makes the daily changing line-up cards.

  5. I hear a lot of despair from Dodger fans. Believe me, I get it too. My level of dissatisfaction with Roberts started last year and has only gotten worse. I can think of at least 5-6 games where his decision making was beyond flawed. When and who to bring in from the pen, line-ups that seemed to favor struggling hitters (guess who) and a host of other terrible decisions that clearly resulted in losses. The Giants are a VERY good team this year but we should be 2-3 games ahead in the standing…at the least. How does management decide to oust a manager who’s teams win 100 games in a year?

  6. What are the numbers — Dodger hitters hit by pitch v. Dodger pitchers hitting opposing batters?

    It has been this way since Joe Kelly hit Hanley Ramirez. The Dodger way [current] is not to retaliate, not to protect Dodger hitters from being victimized by opposing pitchers. The Dodgers are soft.

    Roberts did not say whether Pollack’s hand was X-rayed. Was it? Why not?

    Several times this year the inept Dodger medical staff failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed the severity of player injuries, starting with Bellinger’s broken leg, including Gonsolin’s shoulder injury [obvious to us mere fans, but they kept running him out there with a bum shoulder]. Now they tell us that Bellinger’s broken rib is no big deal and he can play with it with only 10 days on the IL.

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