While the Dodgers are in Colorado for the first and only time in 2020, they’re there without one long-time outfielder. Yesterday, the club announced that Joc Pederson had been placed on the family medical emergency list for undisclosed reasons.
Understandably, whenever family is involved, it’s not the place of the media to ask what is going on with the player, especially to the team’s manager. However, a fair baseball question is when might we expect to see the player back? Dave Roberts let us know the latest on his expectations.
I think the goal is to get Joc back on Tuesday. We’ll see. That could change. Obviously family first, but the goal is to see him back on the field, in the lineup — depending on who the pitcher is — on Tuesday.
The 2020 season has been especially unkind to Pederson in what could be his last in Dodger blue. In 38 games, the lefty swinger has just 19 hits in 109 at-bats (.174 avg) while mostly platooning with A.J. Pollock in left field. With family issues coinciding with struggles on the field, it’s easy to wonder if the two are related. Roberts shared his thoughts on that idea on Thursday.
I think maybe recently, but I just don’t know when and heavy his heart has been.
If that statement doesn’t tug at your heartstrings…
Whatever issues that Joc and his family are going through, thankfully you know with this team and group of players that he has the full support of the organization. More than that, he has the love and support from everyone in Dodgers Nation.