After signing a 5-year, $60 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last offseason despite a history of injury problems, AJ Pollock is heading to the injured list for the first time with his new team only a month into the season.
Pollock had previously undergone surgery on his right elbow due to a fracture during his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and now he’s heading to the injured list due to an infection in the same elbow.
It is not immediately clear how the infection came about or what provoked it.
What is clear is that Pollock is unavailable for LA for the time being and that he’ll need some time and antibiotics for the elbow problem to clear up. In the meantime, the Dodgers will have to look for a replacement for Pollock, who is hitting .223 with 2 home runs early in the year.
The 31-year-old former All Star could be replaced by a number of players for the Dodgers. The most likely candidate to take over for the outfielder during his time on the injured list is Alex Verdugo, a 22-year-old who has hit .278 with 8 home runs in his brief career as a Dodger.