Dodgers’ outfielder A.J. Pollock underwent successful surgery on his elbow on Thursday, May 2 and he was released from the hospital on Friday, May 3, according to manager Dave Roberts.
Pollock left hospital today after yesterday’s successful surgery. No timetable for scheduled baseball activities or return. CF will be split between Taylor, Hernandez & Verdugo. LF is a platoon between Taylor & Pederson. RF is Bellinger.
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There is no timetable for when he will be able to resume baseball activities, but Roberts said he will be out for “an extended period of time”. He also said Pollock is currently resting and taking antibiotics for the infection.
“He’s gotta heal up, and at some point in time he’s going to start playing catch and doing all those other things, and that will tell us more about when we expect him back,” Roberts said. “But right now, for the foreseeable future, he’s in recovery mode.”
Luckily for Pollock, the bone structure is still intact and the surgery was just to remove the hardware that was placed in when he broke his elbow in 2016.
Taking some time off might be good for Pollock as he has struggled to begin his Dodgers’ career. Through 115 plate appearances, the 31-year-old was slashing .223/.287/.330 with 2 home runs, 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, a 67 wRC+, and -0.3 WAR. He also struggled on defense with -5 defensive runs saved, -2.9 ultimate zone rating and -2 outs above average.
In his absence, Alex Verdugo, Chris Taylor, and Kiké Herandez will share time in centerfield. Cody Bellinger will remain in right field, while Joc Pederson and Taylor will platoon in left field.
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