The Dodger’s Spring camp gets more and more interesting with every Dave Roberts update. Los Angeles’ manager gave updates on several players on Wednesday, including Joc Pederson. Pederson has yet to pick up a bat this spring, and his soreness might have been worse than they originally thought.
Joc was originally one of the guys that was going to Anaheim in a trade that included Ross Stripling earlier this year. That deal was called off by Angels’ owner Arte Moreno after he grew impatient with the Dodgers waiting for Boston.
Pederson is a part of an already crowded outfield situation, so it’s not surprising that he’s being slow-played at this point. Los Angeles has Pollock, Bellinger, and Betts likely set to start the season as primary outfielders, with at least four other guys that can fill in well.
In regards to the severity of the soreness or injury, Doc had little to say. His response, when asked if it was worse than Joc or the Dodgers originally thought, was very short.
I would say yes.
Roberts would not go on much more than that, other than to say that he felt there was plenty of time left.
I think he’s…to be quite honest with Spring Training I think Joc’s, really he’s in a good spot right now in regards to the time to actually ramp up.
We’ll have to wait and see about that. After all, Opening Day for the Dodgers is just one very short month away.