The Seattle Mariners were among the most active teams prior to the trade deadline.
Oddly enough, they weren’t really buyers.
They traded a couple of players, and after that, they started to soar in the standings.
One of the hitters they flipped was veteran lefty-masher AJ Pollock.
Pollock, however, was on the injured list with a left oblique strain.
The San Francisco Giants, which was the acquiring team, traded for him while he was on the injured list with a hamstring ailment.
After a few weeks of rehabbing and playing minor league games, the Giants decided to release Pollock.
“Source: The Giants have decided to release outfielder AJ Pollock. He played for Triple-A Sacramento over the weekend on an injury rehab assignment,” MLB insider Jon Morosi tweeted.
Source: The Giants have decided to release outfielder AJ Pollock. He played for Triple-A Sacramento over the weekend on an injury rehab assignment. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 5, 2023
Pollock is 35, has been injury-prone throughout his entire career (particularly prone to muscle injuries) and was having a mediocre season, so it was definitely a risky move for San Francisco.
In just 138 plate appearances on the year, he was slashing .173/.225/.323 with five homers and 15 RBI when San Francisco traded for him.
He was activated from the injured list on August 1 and, after a handful of games, returned to the shelf on August 9, this time with a left oblique strain.
Pollock is believed to be healthy or close to full health, as he was wrapping up his rehab assignment, but the Giants didn’t want to open up a roster spot for him.
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