Pederson was diagnosed with a strained neck after departing Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals in the 10th inning following a collision in the outfield with teammate Yasiel Puig, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pederson took the brunt of the violent pileup with Puig near the warning track, as he attained gashes to his forehead and was unable to rotate his neck after the collision. Manager Dave Roberts suggested after the game that Pederson was being viewed as day-to-day and wouldn't require a trip to the 10-day disabled list, but the Dodgers will still reevaluate the outfielder Wednesday before determining when he'll be able to return to action.
Pederson (undisclosed) was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
There was a scary moment in extra innings Tuesday when Pederson bore the brunt of a full-speed collision between him and Puig and went head-first into the outfield wall. Pederson also appeared to take an elbow to the side of the head in the collision and he was bleeding from his forehead as he left the field. Chris Taylor came on to pinch-hit for Pederson, and it's unclear whether Pederson will be in Wednesday's lineup. The Dodgers will have more information on Pederson's injury late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Pederson went 1-for-2 with a walk and his second home run of the season in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
The 25-year-old has struggled mightily this season, batting a paltry .206 through 34 games. Pederson isn't known for his ability to hit for a high average (career .222 hitter), but his lack of power has been concerning for owners hoping for a third consecutive 25-homer campaign. The young slugger has maintained his patience at the plate (10.8 BB percent), so he doesn't appear to be pressing, and it may just be a matter of time before we see the power return.
Pederson is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins.
Brett Eibner gets the start in center field against lefty Justin Nicolino. Pederson has been in a bad way at the plate since his return from the DL earlier this month, going just 9-for-45 with three extra-base hits (all doubles). His struggles have led to recent demotion to a lower spot in the batting order against right-handed pitching, and considering Pederson is just 4-for-23 against left-handed pitching this season, it wouldn't be surprising to see him platooned more strictly moving forward.
Pederson was moved down to seventh in the batting order Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a win over the Giants.
Manager Dave Roberts had been using his young outfielder as the team's leadoff hitter against righties, but he went with Chase Utley in place of the struggling Pederson on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has gone just 1-for-15 in his last four games, but it has been a struggle all season following his big Opening Day stat line. Pederson has never been much of a batting average help in fantasy, but with just one homer in 30 games, he isn't cutting it for fantasy owners in standard formats. He has, however, hit 51 combined long balls over his last two seasons, so we know there is more power contained in that bat and it may just be a matter of time before it shows.
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