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A.J. Pollock out at least six weeks due to staph infection


Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will be out at least six more weeks weeks — two months being a more reasonable time frame — while he battles a staph infection in his right elbow, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Pollock had a PIC line (catheter) inserted into his left bicep to deliver antibiotics.

Pollock, 31, was initially placed on the injured list in late April due to an elbow infection. He was hitting .223/.287/.330 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 115 plate appearances prior to being sidelined.

The Dodgers and Pollock agreed on a four-year, $55 million contract in late January. He established himself as one of the more dynamic outfielders in the game, but has had trouble staying healthy throughout his eight-year career. He has only twice finished a season with more than 113 games played.

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.