Ethier injury opens door for Toles

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“We’re going to take up until [April] second or third and just let his body settle down and resume baseball activity in the first week of April,” said Roberts. “At that point, we’ll see how he progressed. I don’t know a date of his likely return, but we’re going to limit his movement.”

“With Andre, a guy with high pain tolerance, to let it subside is actually a good sign. It’s not a six-to-eight week thing, from what I understand. We’ll have a better idea after he lets it settle down.”

Roberts said surgery was not discussed.

“Once he’s asymptomatic, we can continue to be a little more aggressive,” Roberts said.

Meanwhile, Dodgers depth comes to the rescue in the form of Toles, who slugged a grand slam on Saturday, went 2-for-4 and raised his Spring average to .348 with an .870 OPS.

“He’s having a really good camp,” said Roberts. “For him, the at-bat quality continues to be there. He’s a really good athlete, he’s dynamic and he does a lot of things to help you win a baseball game.”

Toles said he hadn’t thought about the crowded outfield the Dodgers had when camp opened or how Ethier’s injury seemed to open a spot for him. Competition is what he expected.

“It’s the Dodgers. I guess every year, that’s just the word on the street, pretty much every position, and I’m just trying to win a spot,” he said. “I just worry about me. Can’t worry about anyone else, and see how it works out.”

Toles, whose first Major League experience last year began hot and cooled off, said he spent the offseason working on his swing at Georgia Tech with his father pitching batting practice. He said his Dodgers experience last year has had a significant carryover effect this spring.

“It gave me insight into what to expect with pitching, defense, the speed of the game, the adjustments I needed to make,” Toles said. “Just what I needed to do to get better.”

It also helped his confidence.

“I wouldn’t say I belong, but I have a shot to, like, stick around for the future or whatever,” he said.

Worth noting:

On Saturday the Dodgers reassigned right-handed pitchers Steve Geltz, Trevor Oaks and Yaisel Sierra to minor league camp. The Dodgers have 43 players remaining in big-league camp (excluding Yimi Garcia, who is on the 60-day disabled list).

Ken Gurnick is the Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter for He has covered the Dodgers for 25 seasons.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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