Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Pollock hasn't reported to camp yet, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Roberts did not provide a reason for Pollock's absence, but he said that he expects him to report soon. However, it's unclear when the 32-year-old will arrive in camp. Pollock appeared in just 86 games for the Dodgers last season while battling various injuries, but he could be one of the team's top options to serve as designated hitter in 2020 if he can remain healthy.
Pollock worked on improving his running efficiency during the offseason in order to shore up his defense, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports. Pollock gathered with a sprint group over the winter to work on his speed in recognition of his declining range. Though Pollock won a Gold Glove in 2015, his defensive metrics have slipped in subsequent campaigns, and he posted a negative-5.2 Def as a center fielder last season -- sixth worst among players who logged at least 100 innings at the position. Pollock has since moved to left field, where he is slated to platoon with Joc Pederson in 2020, but that hasn't changed his perspective on the importance of being a good defender. "You want to be relevant, you want to be current," Pollock stated. "You don't want to be the guy that won a Gold Glove four years ago and now can't play outfield anymore. Yeah, that will be a goal of mine to play elite defense."
Manager Dave Roberts said Pollock is expected to share time in left field with Joc Pederson, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. As it stands following the Dodgers' acquisition of Mookie Betts, Pollock is on track to handle the short side of a platoon alongside the lefty hitting Pederson, though he could also see time elsewhere in the outfield spelling the likes of Betts and Cody Bellinger. Across an injury-riddled 2019 campaign, Pollock hit .266/.327/.468 with 15 home runs and five stolen bases in 88 games.
Pollock is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals on Wednesday. The 31-year-old will head to the bench after going 0-for-12 with a walk so far in the NLDS. Enrique Hernandez will start in left field, batting seventh.
Pollock is not in the lineup Monday against the Nationals for Game 4 of the NLDS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Pollock has gone 0-for-11 with a walk thus far in the postseason. He'll sit in favor of Matt Beaty as the Dodgers load up on lefties against Max Scherzer.
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