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As A.J. Pollock recovers from infection, Dodgers coach Chris Gimenez can relate

first_img“It’s getting there. I’m able to do more stuff,” he said Friday. “It feels good. Everything feels strong. Just kind of waiting on this thing (the PICC line). The good thing is I’m able to do a lot of stuff now so when it comes out hopefully I won’t have a whole lot to wait. I don’t know. We’ll see.”Pollock said he has spoken with a number of fellow athletes who had to deal with similar infections. He didn’t have to go far to find one with a horror story.Dodgers coach Chris Gimenez was in spring camp with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 when he fouled a ball off his left leg. A bruise developed just above his ankle and his leg became swollen.Days later, the swelling had not gone down and Gimenez woke up feeling as if “my leg was on fire.” He wound up in the hospital with the veins in his leg turning red as the infection spread.“At first, they didn’t know how to stop it,” Gimenez recalled of the doctors’ attempts to treat it with a variety of antibiotics. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the infection progressed unchecked, Gimenez’s doctor told him it was possible he might have to amputate his leg to prevent it from spreading through his bloodstream into his heart.“He said, ‘Listen, I’m going to go home for the night. When I get back at 6 o’clock in the morning, we’re going to check this,’ ” said Gimenez, who retired following the 2018 season and joined the Dodgers’ coaching staff this year. “ ‘If this does not go down, we’re going to have to potentially consider taking your leg to save your life.’ ”Gimenez said he “ate a ton of ice cream” that night, his mind racing over the possibilities. In the morning, the infection had not progressed. It slowly began to recede, the doctors finally having hit upon the right medication. By early May, Gimenez was back playing.Pollock will make no predictions about how soon he will be back on the field, saying only that there is a preliminary set of targets but “I’m not there yet.”Things have also changed in his absence. Rookie Alex Verdugo has taken over as the primary center fielder and is playing very well both offensively (a .322 average and .896 OPS) and defensively.“I feel like I’ll be able to help contribute in whatever fashion when I come back,” Pollock said. “It’s a pretty unique opportunity to play for a team like this. We’ve got a lot of baseball left so I’m just trying to get back as quick as I can and try to add to what we already have.”TURNER OUTDodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup on Friday, his second day off in a row since experiencing some discomfort in his left hamstring while scoring the tying run in Wednesday night’s ninth-inning rally.Turner declined to answer questions about his status Friday afternoon. With Kenley Jansen’s help from a few lockers away, though, he was able to diagnose it as “a barrel-ache.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “He’s been getting too many hits lately,” Jansen joked. “His bat needs a rest.”Turner (who hit .341 in May) did go through a light workout under the supervision of a trainer, but he did not do any full-speed running and only limited agility drills.“We just didn’t want it to get to the point of being something serious,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of Turner being held out of the lineup. “We think we got out in front of it and we expect him back soon.”ALSODave Roberts was not at Friday’s game. He was in San Diego attending the high school graduation of his son, Cole. In his absence, bench coach Bob Geren managed the game. Friday was also Roberts’ 47th birthday.UP NEXTPhillies (LHP Cole Irvin, 2-1, 5.60 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 5-0, 3.46 ERA), Saturday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, MLB Network (out of market only), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — There is not an actual black cloud that follows A.J. Pollock around. It has just seemed like that at times.“I’ve had some bad luck,” the Dodgers outfielder said of his latest setback. “I’ve had some great experiences in baseball too. But, man, yeah – what are you going to do? I’ve kind of learned you just keep moving forward whatever the situation is. It’s going to be fun to come back and play for this team. They’ve been a lot of fun to watch.”Pollock has been out for more than a month so far after developing an infection in his right elbow. The infection led to surgery during which doctors removed the plate and screws inserted after a previous elbow injury – one of a series of setbacks that have limited Pollock to 113 games or fewer in four of the previous five years.In order to fully eradicate the infection, Pollock has a PICC line in his left arm delivering antibiotics into his bloodstream. The catheter has to remain in place until June 12 – a six-week course of antibiotics. Pollock had the stitches removed from his right elbow last week, allowing him to increase his workouts.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img


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