LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers activated Kenta Maeda off the disabled list to start Thursday’s series finale against the Cardinals, and to make roster room the club placed Joc Pederson on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.
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Pederson had a violent collision with Yasiel Puig and the right field wall in the 10th inning on Tuesday, and was removed from the game. Manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Pederson passed initial concussion tests.
This is the second DL stint of the season for Pederson, who missed 10 games in April and May with a strained groin.
The concussion DL has been in place for a few years, and allows for an even shorter, seven-day stay on the sideline if needed. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday, so the earliest Pederson could be activated off the DL is next Wednesday when the Dodgers are in St. Louis.
It is unknown how long Pederson will miss.
Joc was told to limit brain stimulation including no television. He went through tests yesterday and expects more today. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 25, 2017
Joc Pederson says he's supposed to stay away from his phone, not watch TV and not play video games. He said he doesn't feel like himself.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 25, 2017
Chris Taylor gets his second straight start in center field in Thursday’s game against the Cardinals.
Maeda last pitched for the Dodgers on May 10, taking a shutout into the ninth inning in a win over the Pirates. He made one minor league rehab start last Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, throwing 62 pitches in four innings.