Gluten-free diet has Dodgers’ Joc Pederson feeling better.

Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson flew home after playing only 22 Dominican Winter League games because of a stomach ailment traced to gluten or dairy sensitivity. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

It started last November in the Dominican Republic with a bowl of soup and some fish. It might have been a side dish. Joc Pederson isn’t sure.

Whatever it was, something Pederson ate turned on him quickly. He woke up the next day feeling so bad he couldn’t play baseball, caught a flight home, and was ultimately was unable to return to the Dominican Winter League after playing just 22 games.

“I had to meet a bunch of doctor specialists down here,” Pederson said Friday at a Dodgers Community Caravan stop in Northeast Los Angeles. “They told me I can’t digest gluten or dairy so I haven’t eaten gluten or dairy since, like, Thanksgiving. It’s not really a choice. I wish it was a choice.”

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