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By Jon Weisman
Joc Pederson might have saved the game at the price of his health when he crashed into the outfield wall at Milwaukee in the eighth inning tonight.
With the Dodgers clinging to a 6-4 lead and the tying run up, Pederson raced several furlongs to track down Chris Carter’s 390-foot drive, just before slamming into the wall. Jonathan Lucroy, who had doubled in two runs to halve what had been a four-run Dodger lead, scored from second base despite Pederson passing the ball to left fielder Howie Kendrick.
Pederson, who went 1 for 3 with a walk to raise his OPS to .804, was not moving his right arm as he made his way back to the visitors’ clubhouse, with Yasiel Puig coming in to play right field and Trayce Thompson moving to center.
Milwaukee almost tied the game after Pederson’s exit, but after walks to Hernan Perez and Scooter Gennett, Perez was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a wild pitch.
According to Statcast measurements relayed by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Pederson “covered 100.4 feet with a 96.6 percent route efficiency to make his catch” and reached a foot speed of 18.6 mph.
Update: After the game, the Dodgers said that X-rays on Pederson’s right shoulder were negative, and that the diagnosis is a bruised AC (acromioclavicular) joint.
Joc Pederson: "No broken bones. Just have to see how fast my body recovers." #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 29, 2016