LOS ANGELES – Jock Pederson collapsed to the ground and spent a few minutes writhing in pain on the right-of-way warning Monday afternoon. Three security officers nearby hovered over him and offered time until Dave Roberts and a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers medical staff made the move.
The forecast was not as bad as the incident seemed. Pederson maintained an abdominal injury, which would not require him to miss much time, if any. After the game, drawn by a 16-9 win over the Rockies of Colorado, Pederson said he was "feeling much better."
"The wind ripped me out and like a weird contraction in my hair, my ribs, so they were a little concerned," Pederson said. "But so far, so good."
Pederson got injured while reaching for the short fence to take a home run from Charlie Blackmon in the top of the heel. Prematurely ended what was becoming a dominant performance. Pederson refused to lead the game, then hit a baseball to the top of the fence in the second inning and returned to blow a 416-meter three-run homer in the third.
Pederson finished with five RBIs and became the Dodgers' third player – after Cody Bellinger and Max Mansi, who scored 30 home runs this season. Roberts said he will probably sit down on Pederson Tuesday and return him to the squad on Wednesday.
Pederson, who hit the lead early in the 11th inning, came within an inch or two of four home runs in a string of four plate appearances.
"I've seen the ball really well over the last few days," he said. "I like where I am, swinging in my own grounds and putting a barrel on it."