In case you missed the bad news out of Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers’ lead off hitter, Andrew Toles, suffered a torn ACL and is scheduled for possible season-ending surgery in two weeks.
Last night, while trying to preserve Julio Urias‘ no-hitter, Toles lunged at a fly ball and slammed his leg against the base of the left field wall.
Toles immediately looked hurt, but he walked off the field (which gave us some hope). This morning Toles underwent an MRI, which revealed the torn ACL in his right leg.
The loss of Toles is a huge blow for the Dodgers, as the young left fielder was just coming into his own. Toles was batting .271 with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs. In the past week he had 7 hits, 2 RBIs and scored 3 runs.
The big question is, “Who will replace Tolesy?” There was speculation that Alex Verdugo would get the call-up. However, the Dodgers are expecting Logan Forsythe to return in a week, so that would add another infielder to the mix, freeing up Cody Bellinger to play in the outfield.
Besides all of that, the Dodgers have Scott Van Struggling in the minors. He plays outfield and first base (like Bellinger) so using him would be the conventional move.
David Vassegh reported via Twitter that Scott Van Saved from the farm was indeed spotted in the Dodgers clubhouse this afternoon, so it looks like Van Slyke will get one more chance to redeem himself.