At long last Dodgers fans, the time has come. Andrew Toles is making his triumphant return to the major league roster. The Dodgers have yet to announce the move, but Toles made it down to San Diego just in time to get some light work in.
Andrew Toles is at Petco Park, taking early batting practice with Dodgers.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 9, 2018
Yasiel Puig went down in yesterday’s game with what was described as an oblique strain. While we are still waiting on the results of that MRI, Dave Roberts seemed sure he would miss the remainder of the first half because of the injury. Puig’s inevitable move to the disabled list at some point today tells us that the bell has Toles-ed.
Toles has done nothing but hit since he returned from his early season hamstring injury. In 138 at-bats, he has slashed 326/363/500, to go along with his four home runs. In fact, 36% of his hits this year have gone for extra bases.
Toles burst onto the MLB scene in 2016, hitting 314 in the last half of the season. That earned him a spot on the playoff roster, where he hit 364 and got on base at a 423 clip. People just love the guy. From the way he carries himself on the field, to the story of his incredible journey to the bug leagues. It’s what has inspired the #FreeToles movement all across Twitter since the start of the season.
There simply has not been much room for Toles on the big league roster. The rise of Matt Kemp is part of that reasoning. But all across the board, outfielders have been producing. Now is the time for Toles. Fans have waited all year to hear this.