The Los Angeles Dodgers placed AJ Pollock on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and recalled Edwin Uceta from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Uceta was optioned one week ago but is eligible to return due to replacing an injured player.
After being limited to a pair of pinch-hit opportunities during the week, Pollock was in the lineup Friday night for the first time since suffering a strained hamstring in the series opener against the L.A. Angels.
Pollock hit an RBI single as part of an eight-run second inning for the Dodgers, but was removed after going first to third base. Pollock immediately grabbed at his left hamstring area and was checked on by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and a trainer.
Pollock attempted to test the hamstring by jogging down the left-field line but didn’t make it more than a handful of steps. The 33-year-old has appeared in 32 games this season and is batting .277/.333/.457 with five doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI.
While hamstring injuries can be tricky in nature, Pollock and the Dodgers regularly expressed confidence this week that the recovery process had gone well. Pollock also believed he adequately tested the mild hamstring strain to ensure a return was feasible.
The Dodgers anticipate using a combination of Matt Beaty and Sheldon Neuse, among others, in left field while Pollock is on the IL.
Uceta candidate for Dodgers bullpen game
Up with the Dodgers for a third time this season, Uceta is available to pitch against the Marlins on Saturday. Whether or not he appears will impact who the team uses as an opener for a bullpen game in the series finale.
Uceta previously filled that role against the Milwaukee Brewers, throwing two innings and allowing two runs in his MLB debut.
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