The Dodgers are getting back a couple of key guys for their road trip to Atlanta this weekend. Los Angeles already got back Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry to shape out their lineup, but they’ll be getting back another outfielder and an arm.
AJ Pollock and Jimmy Nelson were both activated off of the Dodgers injured list on Thursday morning. Pollock had been recovering from a hamstring strain that originally sidelined him in early May against the Angels and then reaggravated later in the month. Nelson had hit the IL on May 23rd with some arm soreness.
Getting Jimmy back in the bullpen is a huge boost, especially considering the young arms that were filling in during his absence. With Nelson available in relief for the Dodgers, they have a number of arms that can bridge a lead to Kenley Jansen. Nelson has made 16 appearances this year and is punching out batters at a rate of 14.5 per 9 innings pitched.
Pollock was one of the Dodgers’ most productive bats during their rough stretch of games. He was slashing .318/.400/.682 with a 1.082 OPS in the month of May before he went down. Over that span, he also drove in 10 runs and struck out just 3 times. AJ will likely slide back into a platoon role in the outfield.
To make room for both guys on the roster, the Dodgers optioned Edwin Uceta and Alex Vesia to Triple-A OKC. Vesia appeared in 10 games for LA with a 5.91 ERA and 16 punchouts with 11 walks. He’ll get the chance to work on getting his control dialed in the minor leagues.
Uceta pitched in 7 games for the Dodgers and allowed 5 earned runs over 12.2 innings of work. His stuff had looked much better over his last 3 appearances though, pitching scoreless outings with 5 innings of work.