Admittedly, I have always had a huge soft spot for Andrew Toles. His grand slam at Coors Field won me over in 2016. Moreover, he just seems like a guy that with the right opportunity; could produce a huge payoff for a team given 120 games.
However Toles’ pattern of luck has been unfortunate. Each time opportunity an opportunity presents itself, the door closes with some type of injury or something that strays the path.
Now, news breaks that Toles is out absent from Dodgers training camp ‘indefinitely. No further reason was given other than a personal matter.
Tweets Surface About Toles’ Absence
The Dodgers say outfielder Andrew Toles isn’t reporting today because of a personal matter. They’re not sure when he’ll arrive.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) February 18, 2019
Jorge Castillo was one of the first to take to twitter with this news. Moreover, the puzzling part of the matter is that the Dodgers don’t seem to know when Toles will be there. Of course, this starts to make people question what is going on; naturally. A ‘personal matter’ can cover a lot of things.
Dave Roberts said Andrew Toles has the club’s full support, has no idea when he will rejoin club after attending to personal matters.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 18, 2019
Ken Gurnick followed up with manager Dave Roberts’ comments that the club has Toles’ back on the matter. Roberts reiterated that there is no definitive timetable for the outfielder’s return to the ball club.
Dave Roberts Comments On Toles’ Absence
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) February 19, 2019
Later in the afternoon, Dave Roberts spoke about the absence of Toles.
It’s obviously opportunity (for guys like Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo). We will get Andrew here when he works through some personal things. I don’t know the timeline (on Toles), and that’s the first part is just getting him here.
The manager was non-committal when asked by Alanna Rizzo if Toles would have the opportunity to compete for a job.
The Final Word
Obviously, we aren’t here to speculate what may actually be going on. Still, the news must be reported. As one of Toles’ biggest supporters and believers, I hope the guy is alright. Ballplayers are no different than the rest of us – it’s important to remember that. While they have superhuman ability, they face the same real life situations as all of us.
I am looking forward to writing the story that Toles is in camp and hitting some flips in a cage.
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