The last time we saw A.J. Pollock on the field was nearly two months ago. After getting surgery on his elbow, Pollock has been taking slow steps towards making his return. On Tuesday, he took another stride, as he took on-field batting practice for the first time in two months.
#Dodgers AJ Pollock has been taking BP in cage, will hit on the field with team today for first time since injury. Could begin rehab assignment soon. Aiming for return right after All-Star break— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 25, 2019
Pollock said that he plans to return after the All-Star break, which is over two weeks away. He had a rough first month to the season, as he hit .223 with an OPS of .617. With him expected to return soon and occupy one of the three outfield spots on a daily basis, the Dodgers have started playing Joc Pederson at first base in order to get him in the lineup more often.
Another player that could return right after the All-Star break is Corey Seager. It’s been two weeks since Seager was placed on the Injured List following a hamstring injury.
Corey Seager said he took groundballs and ran yesterday for the first time since injuring his hamstring. The plan was for him to take flips in the cage today for the first time.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) June 25, 2019
His injury came at the worst time, as he was one of the hottest hitters on the team at the time. For the season, he’s hitting .278 with an OPS of .828. He has eight home runs and 38 RBI.
Meanwhile, it could be some time before we see David Freese as well. Freese was placed on the IL a few days ago with a hamstring injury.
David Freese still getting treatment for hamstring, hasn’t resumed baseball activities.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 25, 2019
It’s hopeful that Freese could return before the All-Star break.
Also, here’s an update on Scott Alexander.
When #Dodgers head to Colorado this week LHP Scott Alexander will stay in AZ and face hitters at Camelback Ranch in preparation for a rehab assignment— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 25, 2019
Correction: A previous version of this article stated today was the first time A.J. Pollock has taken swings in a batting cage. Today is the first time Pollock has taken BP on the field.