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Dodgers News: AJ Pollock Held Out of Lineup After Injury Scare

The outfielder dodged a bullet, but not the ball.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 18: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 18, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

While the Dodgers picked up season win number 104 on Friday night in San Francisco — tying a Los Angeles record — there was an injury scare during the game.

Left fielder AJ Pollock was drilled in the knee/shin area by an 87mph bean ball in the 5th inning. After an injury delay, he was replaced by pinch runner Chris Taylor and went for x-rays.

Of course, hearing “x-rays” and “AJ Pollock” in the same sentence sends shivers down the spine of Dodgers Nation.

Fortunately x-rays came back negative, and Pollock was in good spirits by the end of the game. He said that after about 30 minutes, the pain finally started going away and a collective sigh of relief came over the fan base.

Now on Saturday, manager Dave Roberts spoke on the status of Pollock.

AJ was in good spirits this morning — he’ll be available to pinch hit… gonna move around a little bit. After the x-rays came back negative, I think there was a lot of relief. As it stands now I expect him to be in there tomorrow.

Thankfully Roberts confirmed that no further testing would be required for the outfielder.

Pollock has had a successful, if unspectacular 1 season in Dodger blue. He’s batting .265 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI in the first year of his 4-year deal signed this past off-season. While he’s experienced a few other setbacks (including elbow surgery and lower body issues), and had to be moved from center field to left, Pollock has also been a key offensive contributor in the second half of the season.

Since returning to the lineup after the All-Star break, the veteran is triple slashing .286/.347/.537 with 13 of his 15 homers, and 33 of his 47 RBI.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Hopefully Pollock will be OK and not have this HBP on knee affect his performance. I say this because he’s a RHB that does hit LHP well and believe it or not it’s still an issue, and is also why I hope to see Turner back soon. In last night’s game Dodgers did all their scoring and hitting against Giant’s RHP and could not do anything with the LHP they saw.

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