Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson made what might have been the game-saving catch in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Brewers, but it proved to be a costly play. Pederson had to leave the game with a right shoulder injury that the team is calling a bruised shoulder and a sore A/C joint.
Chris Carter hit a ball that Pederson tracked down at the center field wall, but in doing so slammed into the wall at full speed, with his right shoulder taking the brunt of the collision. Pederson immediately collapsed to the ground and stayed there for several minutes as team trainer Neil Rampe tended to him.
Pederson was able to exit the field under his own power, but wasn't moving his right arm as he walked back to the dugout.
Joc Pederson has a bruised AC joint. X-rays negative. "I think we dodged a bullet," Dave Roberts said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) June 29, 2016
Pederson no fracture. Day to day A/C bruise.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 29, 2016
No fracture for Pederson. Issue is with AC joint. Day to day based on pain tolerance & range of motion. Looks like it's just a bruise.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 29, 2016
Jonathan Lucroy scored from second base after the catch to pull Milwaukee to within 6-5, but that Carter wasn't on base because of Pederson's catch, it helped Joe Blanton escape the eighth inning without a run scoring.
"We took some X-rays and I think we dodged a bullet. There's no fracture or anything like that. It's just a bruise. I think it was the A/C joint. It's going to be day-to-day. He's sore," manager Dave Roberts said after the game, as seen on SportsNet LA. "There is nothing like a DL situation or anything for us right now. We're going to see how he comes in tomorrow."
Roberts also said that there were no further tests scheduled for Pederson.