Pollock likely IL bound with right elbow infection
SAN FRANCISCO – Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock was unavailable during Monday night’s game and is likely to go on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow infection, manager Dave Roberts said after a 3-2 loss to the Giants.
Pollock has had two operations on the elbow, which was fractured in 2010 and required a plate and screws to repair. In '16 it was discovered that the elbow broke again, as one of the screws was compromised, and a second operation was necessary that also replaced the plate.
Roberts said after the flight to San Francisco on Sunday that Pollock reported discomfort. Roberts said he didn’t know if Pollock had a staph infection.
“Most likely it’s an IL situation and until we get more tests, I don’t have much more,” said Roberts. “As far as severity, I don’t know right now. It was something that came out of nowhere. Got him on antibiotics and it hasn’t taken. Now we need some [doctors] to look at him.”
Pollock was signed to a four-year, $55 million contract as a free agent before the season. While with Arizona, Pollock also was sidelined with a broken thumb, a broken wrist and a groin strain.
Not having Pollock’s right-handed bat on the bench handcuffed Roberts in the top of the ninth inning Monday. Trailing by a run with Alex Verdugo’s spot leading off and left-handed reliever Will Smith on the mound, Chris Taylor instead batted for Verdugo and struck out on three pitches.
“Down a run, Will Smith is a very good pitcher, and without Pollock available, I wanted to extend the game and any one of those guys could have done it,” said Roberts. “You’ve got to give yourself the best chance to tie it up.”