Joc Pederson had an adventurous and painful night in center field for the Dodgers
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson had an eventful night during the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
First, there was the near-collision with left fielder Cody Bellinger – a play that ended with Bellinger making the catch while basically riding on Pederson’s back. Pay special attention to right fielder Yasiel Puig’s priceless reaction afterward:
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And then there was a scarier play that actually ended with a violent collision between Pederson and Puig. Both were chasing a flyball in the 10th inning when Puig’s elbow caught Pederson in the jaw before Pederson slid headfirst into the outfield wall. Puig caught the ball for the final out of the inning, but both men stayed down briefly before walking off the field.
Puig stayed in the game, but Pederson was replaced in center by Enrique Hernandez. The Dodgers announced that Pederson suffered a neck sprain.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward that Pederson passed the concussion protocol and might miss just a game or two, but he didn’t escape unscathed.
“He’s got cuts on his forehead, his arm, he took an elbow to jaw, hit his head against the wall,” Roberts said, via MLB.com. “Right now there’s limited range of motion in his neck when he turns to the right. As a left-handed hitter, it’s going to get stiffer tomorrow, but right now I don’t see it as DL situation.”
Logan Forsythe’s walk-off double scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th – four innings after ace Clayton Kershaw left the game after striking out 10 and walking none.