The Los Angeles Dodgers have made it to the National League Divisional Series for the fourth year in a row and with many of the players out with injuries this season and rookies fighting for their spots, the NLDS roster has been much anticipated.
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts announced that Andrew Toles will be starting in left field for the first game of the NLDS, after missing the last two games of the regular season due to a sore wrist. Though it was a minor injury, fans did not know what to expect going into the playoff series.
Clayton Kershaw on Andrew Toles starting in LF: "Is he starting? That's awesome."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 6, 2016
After hitting nine doubles, one triple, and three home runs over 48 games this season it is no wonder why even Clayton Kershaw is happy to hear the good news going into the first game of the series.
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Toles captivated Dodger fans and earned his spot on the team in late August, after hitting a grand slam against the Colorado Rookies in the ninth inning, putting the Dodgers in the lead and winning the game.
His momentum fell in September and even with just a minor injury, missing the last two games of the season left fans wondering if he would return to help pull through the NLDS.
With the announcement of his starting position against the Washington Nationals in the first game, it is hopeful that he had a full recovery and maybe even some more grand slams in store for the fans.
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