The Athletic’s Pedro Moura reports that Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will undergo surgery on Thursday to remove metal inserted into his elbow during a 2016 operation. Pollock went on the disabled list yesterday due to an elbow infection, apparently exacerbated when he dove attempting to catch a ball against the Cubs last week.
Pollock, 31, is in the first year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed with the Dodgers this past January. He struggled to begin the year, batting .223/.287/.330 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 115 plate appearances.
Alex Verdugo is getting the start in center field for Wednesday’s game against the Giants. Verdugo figures to get the majority of starts there while Pollock is out. Manager Dave Roberts does not yet know Pollock’s timetable, simply saying his All-Star center fielder would be out “a little bit.”
The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.
Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.
Here’s how it went:
This was confirmed by other reporters:
To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.
But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.
We live in interesting times.