Another Los Angeles Dodger has arrived at camp late after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Outfielder A.J. Pollock arrived in camp Friday and said his delayed arrival was due to contracting COVID-19. He was symptomatic and had to avoid both his wife and daughter, who was born prematurely.
AJ Pollock contracted COVID-19 but is clear/healthy now. His daughter, born premature, is doing much better (didn’t have COVID), and is trending in the right direction. Pollock went 14 days without seeing his newborn daughter. Mom & baby are doing well & are still in AZ.
One of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ big free agent signings is already undergoing some injury concerns.
Center fielder AJ Pollock was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. Shortly after his placement on the IL was announced, the Dodgers said Pollock would undergo exploratory surgery on his elbow to determine the severity of the infection.
#Dodgers CF A.J. Pollock will undergo exploratory surgery to determine extent and severity of infection in right elbow. If docs find issues with “hardware” in growth plate it will be repaired.
Though the injury news is unfortunate, it should not come as a surprise to the Dodgers. They knew when they signed Pollock to a 4-year, $55 million deal in the offseason that he struggles to stay healthy. He has only played in more than 137 games in a season once in his career.
Pollock was batting .223 with a .617 OPS this season. Alex Verdugo will likely see more action in center field with Pollock out.
A.J. Pollock jumped from one NL West team to another this offseason, and then began the year in the somewhat awkward spot of having to face his old club to start the season.
Pollock is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His new teammates won’t let him forget it, either — and they took some joking shots at Arizona in the process.
Dodgers showed an interview with A.J. Pollock on the video board pregame. Reporter @alannarizzo prefaced a question by saying she had heard several of Pollock's new teammates tell him, "Welcome to the big leagues" now that he had joined the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have made it a bit of a habit of trolling Arizona when given the chance. The two teams have, at times, competed near the top of the division in recent years, and the Dodgers will be keen on rubbing it in when one of Arizona’s longtime key players joins them.
The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t done shopping this offseason, and appear to have an outfielder in mind.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are targeting free agent A.J. Pollock, who would add outfield depth to the team.
Hearing increasing chatter about #Dodgers’ interest in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock. No indication a deal is close, but he is a target for them. Offers ability to play CF and RH balance. Bellinger, Pederson, Toles, Verdugo all LH. Taylor and Hernandez RH, but also play IF.
The Dodgers can afford to add a player like Pollock, and he fits their needs as a right-handed hitting outfielder. Health is a concern with him, but the former All-Star has a track record of success when healthy.
Even as we move toward Christmas, the bulk of Major League Baseball’s big-name free agents remain unsigned. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both appear willing to bide their time to get the offers they feel they deserve, while the rest of the market seems to be moving slowly on some of the other names available. That means that two weeks away from 2019, there are still plenty of options available for teams eager to improve via free agency.
Here are the 10 best free agents still on the market.
10. Marwin Gonzalez, IF/OF
Gonzalez will never be a star, but he will be an extremely valuable player for someone. The former Houston Astro spent at least some time at seven positions last season, not including DH, with only pitcher and catcher not on the list. That versatility, combined with the fact that he has enough pop in his bat to be a threat when he’s at the plate, makes him a valuable player. Remember, this is a guy who got MVP votes in 2017. He could do a lot for a contender.
For most teams, we’re a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and right about at the point that teams can begin assessing what their prospects are. It’s also a point where we can review performances to date and look at who’s struggling and who’s starring for each team. Here, we’re going to be focusing on the players who have led their teams, no matter how the club is doing in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the best player for each MLB team so far in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks — A.J. Pollock, OF
A couple of pitchers have a case here, but in a year where the Arizona offense has been surprisingly underwhelming, Pollock has carried them. The outfielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles, easily pacing the team in OPS. Unfortunately he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks with a thumb injury, because he was working on a potential MVP season before that.
Whatever the case, it’s bad news for Arizona. Pollock was viewed as one of the team’s cornerstones, a vital returning player after an offseason in which the team went all-in with moves like this one. It sounds as though he’ll miss most of the season at minimum, and Arizona’s high hopes may need to be tempered as a result.