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A.J. Pollock’s recovery delayed by staph infection, not elbow procedure

first_imgConsidering the injury began so benignly, it’s a bizarre sequence of events. The infected cut could have been anywhere; Pollock’s history of injuries to his right elbow is almost incidental. Call it a run of bad luck with an important body part for a right-handed throwing baseball player.“I can’t explain why,” Pollock said. “It’s just one of those things. I’m a pretty faith-driven guy. It’s God’s plan. It’s not my plan. It’s frustrating. I keep trusting, just trusting in His plan. Keep moving forward. Definitely, I’ve been through some bizarre stuff.”NEW ROLE FOR D’ARNAUDManager Dave Roberts said Travis d’Arnuad will get the bulk of his work at first base and left field with the Dodgers – positions d’Arnaud never played in seven major league seasons with the Mets.Primarily a catcher, d’Arnaud is the Dodgers’ third option behind Austin Barnes and Russell Martin. Roberts said d’Arnaud is comfortable at third base too, “but with our roster construction, it just doesn’t seem to make sense at third base.”Instead, d’Arnaud will split his pregame reps between ground balls at first base and fly balls in left field.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — A.J. Pollock won’t play for the Dodgers until June, and perhaps not until July. The extent of his absence has little to do with his right elbow, but for all practical purposes his story begins there. It’s a story he finally had a chance to tell Monday, when the Dodgers returned home for a nine-game homestand.On April 25 in Chicago, Pollock was removed after playing eight innings against the Cubs. He wasn’t hurt as far as he could tell.Back in the visitors’ clubhouse, Pollock said, “I went to take off my cleats and put sneakers on so I could run back out. I was looking at my uniform and I saw blood, just a little bit of blood. I was trying to figure out where on my body was bleeding. It was my elbow. I must have bumped it. I could’ve bumped it in the locker room. It was so innocent, I don’t even know where I bumped it.”It was a small cut. It wasn’t infected, as far as he could tell, “but any time it’s near my elbow I’m overly cautious,” Pollock said. In 2010 and again in 2016, he fractured the same elbow playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pollock played a couple more games during the Dodgers’ homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates and accompanied the team on last week’s trip to San Francisco. That’s where, in his words, the elbow “blew up.”Pollock flew back to Los Angeles. On Thursday, Dr. John Itamura removed the metal plates and screws that were inserted during an earlier elbow procedure.More significantly, Pollock was diagnosed with a staphylococcus infection that would require a rigorous round of antibiotics. He had a picc line – a catheter tube that delivers medicine to the body – inserted into a vein in his left biceps. It must remain in place for six weeks, Pollock said. That will push his timeline for recovery to the second week of June at the earliest. How much time he’ll need to get back on the field afterward is a mystery.“If I didn’t have (the picc line), it would be a lot quicker,” Pollock said. “Unfortunately I have to wait for that. But I do feel pretty fortunate in general. My other surgery a couple years ago went really well, to the point where I didn’t need that metal in there. I feel really good that they could take it out and don’t have to worry. The elbow is strong. It’s 100 percent healed.”Pollock said a follow-up appointment Wednesday will help clarify his timeline for when he can begin to throw and perform other baseball activities. His left arm will be less mobile than his right because of the picc line. Pollock said he can do lower-body workouts during his recovery time, but because sweat can compromise a staph-infected area, he will be somewhat limited. 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He started in right field Monday against the Braves, and Roberts said he would try to limit Bellinger’s reps at first base.“Talking to the training staff, the likelihood that he potentially could dive for a ball to his right could increase his chance (of re-injury), versus diving for a ball in the outfield is less likely,” Roberts said. “So to say that he’s not going to play (first base) is probably a little too aggressive, but I think ideally we’ll try to keep him in the outfield.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu) vs. Braves (LHP Max Fried), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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‘A stupid practical joke!’ De Bruyne’s agent furious following Wolfsburg declaration

first_imgThe agent of Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne has categorically denied suggestions the player has committed his future to Wolfsburg, telling talkSPORT he was the victim of ‘a stupid practical joke’.Social media was awash with reports on Monday evening in which De Bruyne appeared to claim he was staying at the German club.Premier League giants City have chased the Belgian playmaker all summer, after he finished last season with a record number of assists for the German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up.Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs recently admitted the club is expecting a ‘crazy’ offer for the 24-year-old, with the Blues reportedly readying a £49million bid which will see the former Chelsea man earn around £230,000 a week.But the ongoing saga took another unexpected turn on Monday, with the German Player of the Year telling press at the Sport Bild award ceremony: “I will stay at Wolfsburg this season.”However, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, agent Patrick De Koster fumed that his client had been duped into making the statement.“When we came into the awards ceremony there was an agreement that we were not going to talk about the situation before a live audience,” he told talkSPORT“And, I don’t know why, but at a certain moment the moderator asked Kevin, ‘could you affirm that you will play against Bayern in October’? to which Kevin jokingly replied, ‘yeah, yeah’.“At that stage he then told Kevin, ‘repeat after me, I Kevin (I Kevin) declare I will stay (declare I will stay) in Wolfsburg in October (…in Wolfsburg in October).’“So it was a practical joke, but we were not amused with it.“Why? Because a few minutes later the whole internet and social media was full of this declaration, but for sure it wasn’t a declaration. It was just a practical joke, a stupid practical joke!“And Kevin, before a live audience, what can he do? German is not his mother language!”De Koster added that, despite the stunt, the clubs are still locked in talks over the midfielder’s future and a decision is apparently imminent.“We were really furious about it because he [Kevin] has not made his choice,” he added. “I know negotiations between the clubs are still ongoing.“Can we find the solution? We will see in the next few hours or days what is going to happen.“But what happened yesterday evening was not professional.”last_img read more

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