It appears as though the Dodgers will be without Andrew Toles for a little while longer. After a hot start in AAA, Toles injured his hamstring on Friday night and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. The outfielder started the season in AAA to get regular at-bats while recovering from a torn ACL last season.
Andrew Toles is going to need 10 days off to heal his hamstring, Dave Roberts said.
Roberts indicated he was aware of the #FreeToles movement on social media.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 14, 2018
Toles spent the spring competing for a job in the Majors, but ultimately Joc Pederson was kept up. Having been out for close to a year, the Dodgers didn’t want Toles in a bench role while he worked his way back. The AAA season is still very young, but he’s been nothing short of dominant thus far. The 25-year old is slashing .462/.500/.731 with a home run and 4 doubles in 28 plate appearances.
With Joc Pederson off to a slow start, this is tough for the Dodgers. Toles may only miss 10 days, but he’ll likely spend more time in the minors before being called up to rehab. If Pederson finds a rhythm, it may be even longer until we see Toles this season.
Toles quickly became a fan favorite after his initial call-up in 2015. He has the ultimate feel good story, as someone who went from working at a grocery store to playing in the Major Leagues in just over a year. Toles was once a highly regarded prospect for Andrew Friedman’s Rays, before he left baseball in 2014. When he attempted a comeback in 2015, Friedman was quick to bring Toles to his new team, the Dodgers. Toles began the season in Class-A Advanced and rocketed his way to the Majors by July. His success with the Dodgers, as well as his story have fans everywhere always rooting for him.
This hamstring injury will delay his return to the Dodgers, but expect him to come back ready to contribute.
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