Joe Pederson, who suffered a strained groin, is about to return to the LA Dodgers lineup, even before it was expected; Pederson should be removed from the disabled list next Friday, as per the manager’s comments to Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough.
The outfielder injured himself last Monday as he was trying to take a base after hitting a grounder in the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was then assumed he would be out for a while, given Cody Bellinger was promoted to the big leagues, but he finally won’t even be out for two weeks, which is supposedly the fewest amount of time such injury takes to heal up.
Bellinger made his major-league debut during this week, but he has only managed to record a single hit after three games played. According to McCullough, the Dodgers were initially planning to send him to the minor leagues, once Pederson and Franklin Gutiérrez, who is also injured, return to the squad.
Pederson isn’t setting the world on fire with his performances this season, as he carries a slash line of .220/.322/.340, along with one home run, three doubles, seven runs batted in and 11 hits, in his first 18 games. Dave Roberts’ side still needs to have their his help, as Pederson blasted 25 home runs during the last season, while adding 68 runs batted in, ending the season with a .847 OPS in 137 games played. The Dodgers are currently placed third in the West Division of the National League with an 11-12 record.
McCullough also reported that Logan Forsythe could be removed from the disabled list, sometime next week, according to what Roberts told him. The infielder fractured his big right toe after playing 14 games, leaving with a slash line of .295/.407/.341, along with 13 hits and seven runs scored.