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Kevin Pillar to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

Procedure is scheduled for Tuesday

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We knew Kevin Pillar was going to miss extended time after suffering a fracture in his left shoulder. But over the weekend, it became apparent that his 2022 season is likely done.

Pillar injured his shoulder on Wednesday against the Pirates, in which his shoulder popped in and out of its socket. The Dodgers placed the outfielder on the injured list Thursday, and transferred Pillar to the 60-day injured list Friday.

After consultation with doctors, Pillar opted for surgery, which Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported on Saturday.

On Sunday, manager Dave Roberts said the procedure will be Tuesday.

“For all intents and purposes, that’s the end of the season for him,” Roberts said before Sunday’s game, per SportsNet LA.

Before getting hurt, Pillar got to play four games for his hometown team. The 33-year-old outfielder had one double in 12 at-bats plus a walk.

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