Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock returns to L.A. for exploratory procedure on elbow

first_imgA 12th-round draft pick out of Belmont University in 2015, Beaty was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for the first time last fall. As a left-handed hitter, he doesn’t fit the profile of what the Dodgers need in Pollock’s absence. But he was hitting .277 in Triple-A and can play the corner infield or outfield positions.“Matt was on the (40-man) roster. That made it easy to make the move,” Roberts said. “With a run of left-handed pitchers we’ve got coming, is it the most ideal? But I think he’s earned it. He’s a corner guy, on the infield and the outfield. Right now for where we’re at, as a bat off the bench, he can help us win baseball games.”Beaty did get off the bench in Tuesday’s 10-3 win. He made his major-league debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, singling through the middle on his first swing as a big-leaguer.“It was awesome,” Beaty said. “It still really hasn’t hit me that I was really out there on a big-league field facing a big-league pitcher, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.“My heart was definitely pounding.”ALSOOn the IL with an oblique injury, left-hander Caleb Ferguson resumed his throwing program on Tuesday.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 3-1, 2.96 ERA) at Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 1-4, 4.30 ERA), Wednesday, 6:45 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies SAN FRANCISCO — A.J. Pollock returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday to have his right elbow examined by doctors and undergo an exploratory procedure that the Dodgers hope will provide some answers about the severity of the infection that has landed him on the Injured List.Pollock spent part of Monday at a hospital in San Francisco, where the oral antibiotics he had been taking were supplemented by intravenous treatment. Tuesday’s examination could lead to surgery.“Surgery is an option if they go in there and they feel that the hardware needs to be taken care of or re-adjusted,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, referring to a plate and screws Pollock has in his right elbow as a result of fractures in 2010 and 2016. “So, as I understand it, to get the most information the doctor has to go in there and see how severe, where we’re at, how the antibiotics did take.“Our hope is once you do that … it’s just the recovery part. But we don’t know until they go in.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Alex is going to play more against left-handers,” Roberts said. “There’s going to be a balance with keeping Max (Muncy) in there. So that means he’s going to be playing second base (freeing Hernandez to play the outfield). But when Alex does play in this situation, he’s going to be in center field. It does call for more opportunities for Alex certainly.”THE CALLWith Pollock placed on the IL on Tuesday, Matt Beaty was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City. For the 26-year-old Beaty, it was his first call to the big leagues.“Around midnight last night I was on my phone, getting close to dozing off, scrolling through social media and I got a call from Travis (Barbary, the OKC manager),” Beaty said. “He asked what I was doing. I told him I was just laying in bed and he broke the news to me. Right about that time, I also got an email from Scott (Akasaki, Dodgers director of team travel) with the flight itinerary so I knew he wasn’t pulling my leg or anything.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Roberts said he was trying to stay “positive until we have more information.” How long Pollock will be sidelined cannot be determined until the extent of the infection and the treatment required are known.“We’re just kind of hoping that things go well and the antibiotics have taken and it’s going to be minimal,” Roberts said.Pollock (who averaged just 94 games played over his previous five seasons) goes to the IL this time with a .223 batting average and .617 OPS, a disappointing start to his first season with the Dodgers. Roberts does not believe Pollock’s elbow situation contributed to that.“I don’t think it has,” Roberts said. “And if it had, I don’t think A.J. would admit to it. From my understanding, it came up pretty quickly. And from my eyes, I’ve seen the last few games – he’s taken considerably better swings. So I think mechanically in the batter’s box he was trending in the right direction. So I don’t think this infection led to any of the struggles at the plate. I don’t.”With Pollock out, Alex Verdugo’s playing time will increase. He started Monday in center field but was not in the lineup on Tuesday. The Dodgers will likely face five consecutive left-handed starters this week – Tuesday and Wednesday against the Giants and three games in San Diego this weekend. Kiké Hernandez started in center field on Tuesday. He or Chris Taylor could start there against some of the left-handers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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