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A.J. Pollock placed on injured list due to elbow infection

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said outfielder A.J. Pollock is likely headed to the 10-day injured list [Update: It’s official.] due to an infection in his left elbow, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Roberts said he doesn’t know the extent of the infection, but notes that Pollock has had procedures done on the elbow in the past.

The Dodgers inked Pollock to a four-year, $55 million contract in late January. He has gotten off to a slow start, batting .223/.287/.330 with a pair of home runs and 14 RBI in 115 plate appearances.

Alex Verdugo started in center field on Monday night in Pollock’s stead, something that figures to be a regular occurrence while Pollock is on the mend.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.