“AJ is taking swings off the tee,” Roberts said. “We’re going to flip some balls to him either today or tomorrow. Hope that goes well. Continue to stretch out that throwing progression.”
Pollock has been out since the end of April with an infected elbow. He had surgery on it in May, but there still isn’t a clear timetable for his return. Though a small step, his recovery process appears to be headed in the right direction.
In regards to Seager, there wasn’t really anything new to report. “He’s spending a lot of time in the training room,” Roberts said. “As far as mobility, we’re still in the infancy. I haven’t heard anything now.”
He was placed on the injured list last week with a hamstring injury.
Quietly, the second most consistent hitter all season has been Max Muncy. Coming into Monday’s contest, he’s hitting .280/.378/.538/.916 with 16 homers and 44 RBI. He’s currently riding a streak in which he’s reached base in 26 consecutive games.
“He’s been huge,” Roberts said. “He’s been a consistent cog to what we’ve been doing, offensively and defensively. Not talked about a whole lot, which I don’t think he has a problem with. The value of him, the at bat quality, being able to move him around the diamond and be productive on both sides is a huge asset.”
Regardless of what the standings are, the Dodgers and Giants always provide some amazing games. Roberts referred to the teams meeting as “one of the best rivalries in sports”.
“It goes back a long ways,” he said. “I think that there’s always pride when you’re talking about a division rivalry. Both teams bring out the best in each other. There’s a mutual respect. We feed off the crowd.”
- Kenley Jansen is unavailable tonight. Pedro Baez or Julio Urias is expected to be the closer.
- Justin Turner is getting his scheduled day off. He’ll be in the lineup for the next five games