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Dodgers’ AJ Pollock to miss a ‘minimum’ of several weeks with Grade 2 hamstring strain

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Saturday night at Oracle Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers bested the San Francisco Giants (LA 6, SF 1) to move back into a first place tie atop the NL West with their historic rival. The two clubs wrap up their three-game weekend series (and the season series) Sunday.

The win Saturday came at a cost for the Dodgers. Outfielder AJ Pollock, one of the team’s best hitters and unsung heroes all season, exited the game with a hamstring injury after sliding into third base in the first inning. Here’s the injury:

Los Angeles later indicated Pollock suffered a Grade 2 right hamstring strain and will miss several weeks. The regular season ends four weeks from Sunday, so it is possible Pollock will be unable to play again until the postseason.

“I don’t want to speculate. I know it wasn’t good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters, including ESPN, about Pollock’s injury. “Obviously it’s a huge loss in any capacity … We just gotta see where we’re at [Sunday], but I think at the minimum it’s going to be a couple of weeks.”

Pollock, 33, is hitting .297/.352/.508 with 16 home runs and nine stolen bases this season. He has taken over as the team’s full-time left fielder after being platooned at times earlier in the year. Last year Pollock quietly slugged 16 home runs, finishing tied for third in the National League during the 60-game season.

With Pollock out, Cody Bellinger figures to rejoin the lineup on an everyday basis. Bellinger is having a brutal season (.169/.245/.311) and was recently demoted to platoon duty. He’ll play his usual center field, where he remains an excellent defender, with super utility man Chris Taylor presumably taking over in left.

The Dodgers are 21-5 in their last 26 games and tied with the Giants and Rays for the best record in baseball at 86-50.



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