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|Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 09:06 pm||
|The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfield corps has taken a major hit.
Andrew Toles, who's emerged as the team's primary left fielder early this season, suffered a torn right ACL during Tuesday's contest against Pittsburgh, and the Dodgers confirmed Wednesday that he'll miss the remainder of 2017. Toles will undergo surgery to repair the injury in two weeks' time, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Outfielder Scott Van Slyke was recalled from Triple-A by Los Angeles as part of a series of roster moves that saw Toles officially land on the DL.
Toles suffered the injury while trying to run down Andrew McCutchen's fly ball in the left-field corner during the seventh inning of Tuesday's game in a failed attempt to preserve starter Julio Urias' no-hitter. After failing to make the catch, Toles' knee appeared to buckle on the warning track as he slammed into the fence.
Although he left the field under his own power, an MRI on Wednesday confirmed the Dodgers' fears of an ACL tear. X-rays initially taken after the injury showed no damage to any other part of his knee.
"I'm frustrated for all of us, but mostly for Andrew," manager Dave Roberts told DiGiovanna on Wednesday. "He's such a great young man, a big part of what we're trying to do, and he adds so much to our club. For this unfortunate thing to happen, it's disappointing."
Toles, who turns 25 later this month, made his big-league debut with the Dodgers last July and emerged as a critical weapon for the eventual NL West champions down the stretch and into the playoffs. This year, he appeared in 31 games for the club, primarily in left field, and hit .271/.314/.458 with five homers, three doubles, 17 runs scored, and an OPS+ of 105 across 102 plate appearances.
Toles' season-ending injury may have opened up a permanent spot in the lineup for Cody Bellinger. Bellinger, who plays both first base and left field, has hit .320/.393/.680 over his first 13 big-league games; although he's primarily been filling in at first for the injured Adrian Gonzalez, the 21-year-old prospect could easily shift to the outfield on a full-time basis once Gonzalez returns to action.