LOS ANGELES — Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an MRI revealed on Wednesday.
The Dodgers said the left-handed hitting Toles will have season-ending surgery in two weeks.
Toles jammed his right knee into the left-field wall on Tuesday night when trying to run down a double by Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. He left the game immediately, walking off the field gingerly under his own power.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said an X-ray on Toles’ knee came back clean, but Roberts was already fearing the worst and referenced the possibility of damage to Toles’ ACL.
Toles, part of a left-field platoon with Franklin Gutierrez, was batting .375 with five extra-base hits, seven RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 11 games.
Toles is likely to join Andre Ethier on the 60-day DL soon, and must decide who to promote to take his place. The team is already using a short-handed four-man bench to keep added depth in the bullpen. Three possible options at Triple-A Oklahoma City include Trayce Thompson, veteran Scott Van Slyke and Brett Eibner, but all hit right-handed.
Thompson is batting just .130 after missing most of 2016 with a back injury. Van Slyke has three hits in 15 at-bats since getting demoted last week. Eibner has a .750 OPS, but he is not considered much a proven offensive threat at the major-league level.
Toles’ injury does answer for the Dodgers how they’ll make room to keep rookie Cody Bellinger in their lineup once first baseman Adrian Gonzalez returns from his own injury. Bellinger, who can play first base and outfield, has hit .320/.393/.680 in 13 games.
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