The Dodgers are not entering the All-Star break at full strength but that will change coming out of the All-Star break. A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager, and David Freese are all on the mend.
Despite not being at full strength, the Dodgers have been the best team in baseball during the first half of the season. Even with their recent two-game skid against the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers have an insurmountable lead in the NL West, and still, lead the other teams in the National League by a healthy margin for home-field advantage.
Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock are both set to return to the Dodgers next Friday in Boston as the Dodgers come out of the All-Star break. David Freese is also likely to rejoin the club in Boston putting the Dodgers at full strength offensively.
Pollock and Seager will play with Quakes tonight but it remains to be seen if they will play another game in the minors after today’s game in Lake Elsinore. Pollock is hitless through six at-bats on his rehab stint with three strikeouts. He will look to get going at the plate prior to heading to Boston to return to the Dodgers.
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Corey Seager played Friday night with the Quakes and got Saturday off but is scheduled to play today against the Storm. On Friday night, Corey went 2-2 with two singles and drove in a run for Rancho Cucamonga. He also played two innings at shortstop and successfully fielded the two balls that were hit to him without committing an error.
David Freese is the other valuable bat that the Dodgers are waiting to return. Freese tested his strained hamstring prior to Saturday’s game by running the bases at Dodger Stadium. David will not participate in a minor league rehab stint but is still scheduled to rejoin the team on Friday against the defending World Champs.
The Dodgers are scheduled to play three-night games in Boston and Dave Roberts told the media that Seager will play all three games in Boston followed by three of four in Philadelphia. The return plan for A.J. Pollock remains to be determined, although the Dodgers could ease him back in by using him as the designated hitter if they wish to. Freese could also be an option for the DH.
Even battling through their injuries, the Dodgers put together a record-tying first half of the season in terms of Los Angeles Dodger franchise history. With the offense at full strength, they will look to have a strong second half and carry some momentum into the postseason where they will be heavy favorites to win the National League for the third straight season.