With the shocking start to the season, and unproductive outfield play (aside from Matt Kemp), many Dodgers fans have been calling for Andrew Toles. Sadly, it appears it will be a while before we see the 25-year old at Chavez Ravine.
Andrew Toles had a little setback, Roberts said. Toles has a hamstring and is not on the radar for return soon.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 10, 2018
Last month, Toles suffered a hamstring injury while playing in AAA. Initially, it didn’t seem like he would miss an extended amount of time, but it appears the injury continues to lag on. Toles was off to a scorching start to begin the 2018 campaign. In six games with OKC, he posted a slash line of .462/.500/.731. Not too shabby. He had a home run and seven RBI, to go along with 12 hits.
Toles had a remarkable spring, with many expecting him to be on the opening day roster. He hit .283 and had three homers and 10 RBI. His 15 hits were also amongst the most by any Dodger during spring training. Ultimately, he was sent to AAA, as Dave Roberts wanted him to get regular at-bats, whereas he’d get a handful at the big-league level.
Toles has yet to really establish himself at the major league level, but Dodgers fans everywhere want to see him. He has accumulated 201 at-bats since coming up with the team in 2016. The biggest factor though is that he outperformed nearly everyone on the team in the 2016 playoffs. Toles hit 364 and reached base at a 423 clip between the series with the Nationals and Cubs.
We’ve seen what Toles can do up here. In 79 career games, he’s hitting .294 with eight home runs and 31 RBI. It’s a shame this hamstring issue is still a nagging issue. The way the Dodgers are playing, they could definitely use his bat in the lineup every night. Hopefully, he can recover from this injury soon, and be the spark the Dodgers are desperately coveting.
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