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.
Pollock is the second Dodgers player to arrive late to summer camp due to COVID-19. The outfielder has six days to get ready for the shortened regular season, which should give him plenty of time to be set to go for Opening Day.
The 32-year-old outfielder hit .266 with 15 home runs in 86 games for the Dodgers last season.
Between his duties in the outfield and the NL adding the DH for this season, he should see plenty of action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock suffered a significant blow on Friday night when he fractured his elbow sliding into home plate head first.
The outfielder will need surgery and, having suffered the same injury in 2010 that kept him out for an entire season, is determined not to let that happen again.
“I’m going to push for it, yeah,” Pollock said of the prospect of returning this season, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. “That’s going to be my goal.”
Pollock had dealt with discomfort in the elbow all spring and had been limited as a result. There was, apparently, question as to whether he was at risk of further injury by playing through it.
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.