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.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in need of right-handed bats to balance their lineup, and they made an improvement in that area by signing outfielder AJ Pollock on Thursday.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report that Pollock and the Dodgers have reached an agreement. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale added that the deal is worth $50 million over four years in addition to some incentives.
Pollock spent the first seven years of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s a career .281 hitter who has dealt with some injuries, but he belted a career-high 21 home runs last year and had 65 RBI.
The Dodgers struggled against left-handed pitching because of their plethora of left-handed hitters, so adding a right-handed outfield bat was a priority for them this offseason. The addition of Pollock is further confirmation that LA is out on the biggest free agent prize of the winter.
After playing just 75 games in 2014, A.J. Pollock made up for lost time last year, putting together the best season of his career, which included an appearance in the all-star game. Unfortunately, Pollock will miss a substantial portion of this season due to a fractured elbow.
Pollock, who suffered the injury sliding head first into home plate during a spring training game, had surgery on the elbow earlier this week. The 28-year-old also broke the same elbow in 2010. As part of the most recent operation, a plate and screws were attached to the elbow, which the Diamondbacks shared a photo of.
Pollock missed time during spring training with soreness in the elbow, which was related to the injury sustained in 2010. However, it was determined there was no risk of long-term issues and Pollock was allowed to continue to play. In his first game back the latest break occurred.
Pollock is expected to miss a minimum of three months and could potentially be sidelined for the entire season. A year ago, Pollock finished fifth in the National League in batting average (.315), second in runs scored (111) and hits (192), and fourth in both doubles (39) and stolen bases (39).
Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Willie Bloomquist and AJ Pollock placed a friendly wager over the weekend. Bloomquist played his college ball at Arizona State. Pollock played his at Notre Dame. You can probably see where this is headed.
On Saturday, Notre Dame beat No. 22 Arizona State in an exciting 37-24 game at a neutral site in Texas. While I had absolutely no rooting interest in the game, I can now safely say I am glad the Irish won. I doubt whatever Arizona State costume Pollock would have had to dress up in would have been funnier than seeing Bloomquist in the leprechaun outfit.
“A bet is a bet!” Bloomquist tweeted along with the photo you see above. “I am immediately going to the rifle range decked out in camo and face paint after this!”
Whatever makes you feel better, bro. Camo and face paint aren’t going to erase this image.
H/T SB Nation via SI Hot Clicks