The Los Angeles Dodgers got a major shake-up to the starting lineup with A.J. Pollock hitting the injured list. Now, the Dodgers will need to shuffle furniture and make do with the likes of Alex Verdugo, Chris Taylor, and Joc Pederson in the outfield.
On Wednesday, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman joined Sirius XM Fantasy Sports to talk about the current state of the roster.
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Indeed – Friedman was cool, calm, and collected when asked how the Dodgers will handle the absence of A.J. Pollock in the lineup.
“I think it’s kind of all of the above. Everyone is going to get a little more of an elevated role. I think Verdugo will play more against righties and lefties with Max Muncy playing more against lefties. Joc may play more against lefties. Chris Taylor is going to get more at-bats, its’ kid of an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach.”
Furthermore, Friedman shared the confidence the organization holds in Verdugo. This is great to hear.
“It made sense for us to break camp with Alex Verdugo. He’s proven all he could and should in AAA, and given the amount of plate appearances a fourth outfielder on this team gets; we knew it would be a softer landing spot for Alex.”
Certainly it sounds like Verdugo will be a focal point of the plan going forward while Pollock is mending his elbow back to full strength.
Finally, Friedman was asked how long Pollock will be sidelined.
“We don’t know the answer to that right now. It’s really a freaky thing where he banged his elbow in Chicago, and it was a little stiff over the weekend and slow to recover. We figured by Monday he would be good to go. He woke up Monday and it was swollen with some kind of infection.”
It’s always good to hear the head man of the Dodgers feed it to us straight. Now, the Dodgers will need to hold down the ship with their current veterans and youngsters while Pollock is out. Next man up sounds like the motto here.
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