With nothing to gain the Los Angeles Dodgers concluded the regular season on Sunday without sustaining any injuries. There was one scare when Joc Pederson laid out for a diving catch attempt in the eighth inning and appeared to injure his shoulder.
After a day off Monday, the club is scheduled to hold a workout at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. It’s likely to be the first of three workouts the Dodgers will have prior to opening the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.
On top of going through various drills to help keep sharp and studying film, the layoff will serve as time for those nursing aches to get healthy.
Such will be the case for versatile outfielder Andrew Toles. He didn’t play in the final two games of the season, and according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, will spend this week tending to a sore wrist:
Andrew Toles was down the last two games with a sore left wrist. He will rest it during workouts this week, but expects to be ready Friday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 2, 2016
While the club was still in San Diego, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts inadvertently revealed Toles will be on the postseason roster. After spending last year removed from baseball, Toles’ rapid development and rise in the Minors was nothing short of remarkable.
The 24-year-old has been the spark plug for the Dodgers this season since making his Major League debut in July. Toles hit .314/.365/.505, with nine doubles, 16 RBIs and 19 runs scored over 48 games with the Dodgers.
On top of providing a left-handed bat off the bench and a versatile defender in the outfield, Toles’ speed presents the Dodgers with the option to use him as a pinch-runner in late-game situations during the NLDS.