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Dodgers Receive Clarity on A.J. Pollock Injury

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)

AJ Pollock, who was recently diagnosed with an infection in his right elbow, has received clarity on a timetable for his return.

Although this is a bit vague with the word ‘more’ sticking out, at least this is not viewed as a season-ending injury by the organization.

Prior to his injury, AJ Pollock was not living up to his 4-year/$60 million deal, posting a .223/.287/.330 slash line over 28 games.

Pollock is quite possibly the most injury-prone player in all of baseball at this point, but getting him on the field as soon as possible is a must for this club. Even with the underperformance to start the year, Pollock is a .279/.336/.461 and 111 wRC+ career hitter and a .277/.330/.495 and 117 wRC+ lifetime hitter against southpaws.

The Dodgers currently rank in the middle of the pack with a .771 OPS against lefties in comparison to a second-best ranking against righties with a mark of an .817 OPS.

Dave Roberts also just discussed the idea of not tying Pollock to a given timetable just recently outlined here:

The Dodgers do not have a pressing need for Pollock’s services at the moment with Alex Verdugo posting a .936 OPS and 150 wRC+ so far this season. This should allow Pollock all the recovery time he needs which could project him to return for the Dodgers some time around late-June or early-July as a reasonable estimate.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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