Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock will have surgery on elbow, out indefinitely

first_imgToles, 26, has a troubled history. He was dismissed from the University of Tennessee baseball team after playing one season and was suspended after transferring to Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.He was disciplined multiple times while playing in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system, spent two months on the “inactive list” for personal reasons and was released in spring 2015. After sitting out most of 2015, he was signed by the Dodgers and made the majors in 2016, batting .314 in 48 games. He suffered a knee injury in 2017 and spent most of 2018 in Triple-A.ALSODavid Freese was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup after fouling a ball off his ankle on Tuesday night.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday.Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-0, 2.25 ERA) at Padres (LHP Eric Lauer, 2-3, 4.41 ERA), Friday 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Roberts said doctors have the infection under control with antibiotic treatment.Pollock has had multiple surgeries on his right elbow and suffered fractures in the joint in 2010 and 2016. He missed months in each season. After the first fracture in spring 2010, he didn’t play again until the Arizona Fall League. In 2016, he was limited to 12 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks.But Roberts said he “absolutely” expects Pollock to play again this season and “doesn’t liken it” to the extensive recovery periods in those previous situations.“Obviously any time you have surgery – how invasive (is it)? I think they’ll know more once they go in tomorrow,” Roberts said. “But right now, you’re looking at time down, time to get back and time to get back to playing Major League Baseball performance-wise. So it’s going to be a little bit.”Roberts said there has been no specific cause of the infection pinpointed other than that Pollock “bumped his arm, hit his elbow and the bursa sac infection was created” at some point during the Dodgers’ series at Wrigley Field last week. SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will have surgery on his right elbow on Thursday and be sidelined indefinitely.An examination Tuesday found that the bursa sac in his elbow was the site of the bacterial infection Pollock has been dealing with since last week. But the hardware from his 2016 injury is no longer needed and will be removed during the procedure.“The reason they’re taking out the hardware where at times you just leave it in if it doesn’t bother the athlete – with the infection and what happened, it just makes sense to go in there, deal with the infection and take out the hardware,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “From what I understand, the testing they’ve done, the structure of the bone is good, is in a good place.“In the big picture, you knock out the infection and you don’t need the hardware anymore. Those are two good things.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “If he didn’t have surgery (in the past), it’s something that you can just treat with antibiotics,” he said. “Now when you bake in the fact that there’s hardware from a previous surgery, an infection, that’s the point of going in there.“This is something that happens with hockey players – the elbow, the contact, the bursa. Obviously, with the infection, we have to do something about it.”SIDE SESSIONLeft-hander Caleb Ferguson threw approximately 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon and said he had no recurrence of the pain in his right side that landed him on the Injured List on Sunday.Ferguson will likely throw in a simulated-game setting on Saturday in San Diego.“We’ll probably give him a day or two off and maybe get him in front of hitters potentially on Saturday,” Roberts said.TOLES RETURNSRoberts confirmed that outfielder Andrew Toles has begun working out at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona. Toles is on the restricted list since failing to report for spring training due to personal reasons.“We’re trying to get him physically back to where he needs to be. How long that takes remains to be seen,” Roberts said. “But I’m happy to have him back at CBR working.”Roberts said he had not spoken to Toles recently but he will probably reach out to him this week.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img