As the residue of the World Series collapse continues to settle in, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves answering plenty of questions this offseason. Many of those questions involve what moves they do or don’t make in free agency for a club that was one win away from being crowned World Series champions.
However, as the organization decides how they will address the roster with the Winter Meetings coming up, one addition that can be made next Spring is the return of a player who was lost early in the 2017 season. Outfielder Andrew Toles is eyeing to make his return to the team following a healthy recovery to his season-ending knee injury.
Slowly, he’s been making strides as this past November was the first time he had swung a bat since the devastating setback in May. Now, according to the 25-year-old’s Instagram page, he is optimistic his return can be booked for the 2018 season:
The breakout player from 2016 was expected to be a promising piece to the 2017 squad to add even more depth to the outfield. However, those plans were derailed following his ACL tear while sliding for the ball towards the left field wall against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9th. Prior to going down, Toles had a stat line of .271/.314/.458 with five home runs, 15 RBI, and three doubles in just 102 at-bats.
One of the most compelling things about the outfielder is the fact that he was working at a grocery store just a year before introducing himself to the MLB. Now, much like the Dodgers core, Toles is a young player who when on top of his game, can enhance this already dangerous team that is desperate to be crowned Fall Classic champions.