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A.J. Pollock to undergo elbow surgery tomorrow

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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.”

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.