LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers placed center fielder Joc Pederson on the 7-day concussion DL retroactive to Wednesday.
Pederson, 25, said he’d never been diagnosed with a concussion before colliding with the outfield wall, and teammate Yasiel Puig, attempting to catch a fly ball Tuesday night.
Any initial optimism that Pederson could return quickly was dashed when he continued to feel “a little off.” Thursday, two days after the collision; he wasn’t even certain that seven days would be enough time to recover.
For now, Pederson has been instructed to limit certain activities that stimulate the brain.
“Not be on my phone much, no TV, no video games, and basically just stare at a wall in a dark room,” he said. “You get so anxious and you want to go do something, and you can’t. It kind of (stinks), but it’s part of the game.”
Pederson has a .200 batting average, a .309 on-base percentage, and a .314 slugging percentage in 35 games this season. His slash line fell further this month (.182/.297/.291), and Pederson hadn’t hit leadoff since May 15.
Chris Taylor played center field and led off Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the fifth time Taylor has led off this season, and only the second time he’s played center field.
“It’s an opportunity,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “We talked about having Chris play some center field, and how he and Kiké (Hernandez) have similar skill sets. This is an opportunity to give him a runway with Joc down to get a little bit more comfortable in center field.”
NO ROLE FOR RYU
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s next step remains to be determined, but Roberts said the left-hander could remain with the Dodgers either as a starter or a “temporary” long reliever.
“We’re still trying to work through his role,” Roberts said. “I had a conversation with him. He’s eager to pitch, feels he’s physically able to pitch. It’s a delicate situation because we don’t have a particular day we can start…