Dodger fans with a keen eye towards our most promising youngsters were thrown for a loop when top prospect Joc Pederson came up lame yesterday. The centerfielder attempted to make an ill-advised diving grab for a bloop single off the bat of Cubs prospect Josh Vitters, and landed hard on his right shoulder (he throws left). Watch it below:
As you can see, he fell far short of the ball. Heck, it was almost Puig-like.
Dodger management was optimistic about the injury. Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com:
"It didn't sound like it was anything major, but it would be hard for [Conte] to really say. I'm assuming he didn't break his arm or tear his shoulder out of the socket," Mattingly said. "I guess you have to watch out when you get a guy like Joc, but it didn't sound like it was a major, major thing."Earlier today, more succinct information on Pederson's injury was released. Based on an MRI, we find out that Joc should be ready to go in a couple of weeks. Via a tweet from Eric Stephen:
Joc Pederson is expected to miss at least 10 days. MRI showed Grade 1 A-C joint separation in his right shoulder
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 25, 2014
This is probably the best outcome we could have hoped for.
A Grade 1 AC Joint Separation, as indicated on Cedars-Sinai's website, is typically just a slight displacement of the joint. Furthermore the ligament may either be badly stretched or partly torn. I'll cross my fingers for the former. Check out this great graphic I saw at injuryfix.com to visualize what's going on.
|(graphic via injuryfix.com)|
The downside is that an injury like this could push back his development. He'll likely need more time than a couple of weeks to build up his shoulder strength, since it's probable that he'll have his arm in a sling.
Either way, considering how awkward he looked in that dive, I think we lucked out. This injury could have been far worse.
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