LOS ANGELES — Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles left Tuesday night’s game with a right knee injury, suffered while crashing into the wall in the left field corner in the seventh inning against the Pirates.
Toles will have an MRI on Wednesday to see the extent of the injury, but no matter the result the outfielder might be placed on the disabled list anyway. The Dodgers currently have 13 pitchers on the roster, which means 12 position players, and a four-man bench.
“We’ll know more after the MRI tomorrow,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re already with a short bench, so you’ve got to manufacture situations and pitchers and players.”
Toles couldn’t make the catch on the play, a double by Andrew McCutchen to break up the no-hitter in progress by Julio Urias, then his momentum carried him into the wall, where he hurt his right knee.
After a visit from team trainers and manager Dave Roberts, Toles was removed from the game, and was able to walk off the field on his own power.
Roberts said X-rays showed that Toles’ meniscus was fine, but they fear a worse injury given the nature of the play.
“As I heard — I didn’t see a replay — he was going up trying to make a play on the ball, and thought he didn’t have room. He came down on his right knee, and it kind of gave way,” Roberts said. “The only other possibility could be an ACL because of the way he landed.”
Toles was 1-for-3 on Tuesday and has reached base in 11 straight games, hitting .375/.404/.600 during the streak.
If the Dodgers place Toles on the disabled list, the other three outfielders on the 40-man roster — Trayce Thompson, Brett Eibner, and Scott Van Slyke — are all right-handed.
The Dodgers go for the series sweep and a fifth straight win on Wednesday night, with Kenta Maeda starting the series finale, another 7:10 p.m. PT start. The Pirates will counter with Chad Kuhl.