By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
With the addition of outfielder Curtis Granderson following a trade with the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to option out Joc Pederson. While the team hasn’t announced the move yet, his locker was reportedly empty on Saturday.
Even Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hinted at the move, as he said, “[a move to the minors would give him] a chance to reset.”
The Dodgers have a crowded outfield even without Pederson. Their outfield presently includes Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Enríque Hernández and rookie sensation Cody Bellinger.
“[Joc] being optioned to Oklahoma City gives him a chance to reset,” Roberts said. “I have no doubt that he’ll come back here and help us win a lot of baseball games and get to our ultimate goal. But I think where he’s at right now with a swing change, trying to get some consistency, in a major league setting, it’s really hard to perform without looking at the scoreboard and looking at your average.”
Bellinger is playing first base with Adrián González on the disabled list. But once he returns, he’ll go into the outfield.
Pederson was a fixture with the team the past three seasons. However, he’s batting just .127 this season.
He has just two hits in his past 25 at bats. Besides his struggles at the plate, he’s dealing with groin and concussion issues.
This will be his first minor league assignment since 2014 besides rehab assignments.
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