Dodgers centerfielder A.J. Pollock was removed in the 8th of the team’s 8-2 victory after experiencing tightness in his groin area. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that Pollock has a slight groin strain, but that it was not serious.
Dave Roberts said Alex Verdugo will be in the lineup tomorrow and A.J. Pollock will be unavailable the next day or two. #Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) August 2, 2019
He is currently listed as day-to-day, but the expectation is that he will be out for “at least the next two games.
With the Dodgers being ahead of the pack in the NL West by 16 games, they should not rush anyone back from an injury, whether it’s a small injury, or a big injury so that everyone is healthy and ready to play come playoff time.
Pollock was already missed close to 2.5 months of play and Los Angeles cannot afford Pollock to miss any time during the playoffs. Prior to his first injury, Pollock had just 2 home runs and 14 RBI in his first 27 games before undergoing elbow surgery.
Since returning from the injured list, he has been dominating opposing pitchers. In the second half of the season, Pollock is batting .300 with 4 HR and 12 RBI in 16 games.
Pollock will be a vital component for the Dodgers in any World Series run this season. It’s essential for Pollock to rest, and not aggravate his groin.