We have all heard that the baseball season is a grind, well when you play 162 games, it absolutely is a grind. That grind is what adds extra excitement in cities like Frisco, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Inevitably players will get injured and have to go through assignment in the minor leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, 25, is currently in the middle of a potentially lengthy rehab stint that began on Friday, June 9th with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Pederson suffered a concussion and injured his neck during a nasty collision with Yasiel Puig on May 23rd. Pederson was batting just .200 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI at the time.
Joc began the rehab assignment with a bang as he homered on the very first pitch he saw from the Round Rock Express’ Tyson Ross. Looking to continue the good start on his road back to Chavez Ravine, Pederson would again notch a four bagger in his second game on Saturday.
Joc will definitely have his work cut out for him getting at-bats in the Majors with the emergence of Cody Bellinger and a deep outfield rotation for Manager Dave Roberts. Roberts has not held back in saying Pederson needs to prove himself on the field during his time in Oklahoma.
“It’s two-fold. It’s about Joc’s health and how he feels taking at-bats, how his body feels playing defense and how he recovers,” Roberts explained.
“But also, it’s about performing. Yes, it’s a rehab assignment. But we still need Joc to feel good at the plate when he gets back. To put a date on a return, I think is unfair. It adds a little bit more pressure.”
So far Pederson has handled the pressure, going 3-9 with two home runs and 4 RBIs in three games.
— Chris Plank (@PlankShow) June 11, 2017
Looking Forward/Rallying To Win
The OKC Dodgers rallied for 6 runs in the 9th inning on Sunday, ultimately winning on a Kyle Farmer walk off home run. The Dodgers had a successful week, winning six out of their last eight games. They are currently 2nd in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division with a record of 34-27. They will look to stay hot this week with series against division rivals Omaha (32-29) and Colorado Springs (37-24).
UPDATE: With the injury to 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson could be called up to Los Angeles to fill the open roster spot, according to LA Manager Dave Roberts.