Dodgers lose Toles for season with ACL tear, Bellinger named NL Player of the Week

May 10, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed both outfielder Andrew Toles (torn right ACL) and left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore (left groin strain) on the 10-day disabled list, while recalling infielder/outfielder Scott Van Slyke and outfielder Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Toles left last night’s game against the Pirates in the top of the seventh inning with the right knee injury after chasing down a fly ball in left field. The Dodger leadoff hitter has appeared in 31 games for the club this season, hitting .271 with 17 runs, three doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI.

Van Slyke, 30, returns to the big league club after going 3-for-15 (.200) with a double and one RBI in four games with Triple-A OKC. Prior to being optioned to OKC on May 2, Van Slyke hit .129 (4-for-31) with five runs, one double, one home run and two RBI in 21 games for the Dodgers this season. He has appeared in seven games (four starts) at first base, nine games (two starts) in left field and one game in center field for Los Angeles this year.

Eibner, 28, will make his third stint with the Dodgers this season and has gone 1-for-5 (.200) in three games with the big league club. In 21 games with the OKC Dodgers, Eibner has hit .258 (17-for-66) with 11 runs, two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI. The San Diego, California native, who was acquired by the Dodgers on January 25 from the Oakland Athletics, saw his first big-league action in 2016 with Kansas City and Oakland, combining to hit .193 (36-for-187) with six homers and 22 RBI.

Liberatore last pitched for the Dodgers on Monday against the Pirates, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning. In two relief appearances for Los Angeles this season, he has allowed one run in 1.1 innings (6.75 ERA) and has held batters to a .200 average (1-for-5).

Right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin was also reinstated from the disabled list today and has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Ravin, who started the season on the DL with a right groin strain, appeared in four rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and the OKC Dodgers, allowing one run in a combined 4.0 innings, while striking out eight and not issuing a walk.

In other Dodgers news . . .

Dodgers put Ethier on DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed left-handed pitcher Justin Marks from the Tampa Bay Rays and transferred outfielder Andre Ethier (lumbar disk herniation) to the 60-day disabled list. Marks will be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ethier, 35, started the season on the disabled list with a lumbar disk herniation, which he suffered during Spring Training. Over the last two seasons, Ethier has appeared in 16 games for the Dodgers, hitting .208 (5-for-24) with one double, one home run and two RBI.

McCarthy hits DL again

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness (retroactive to May 5) and recalled left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Liberatore, 29, will make his second stint with the big league club after allowing one run in one-third inning of relief in his only appearance of the season for the Dodgers on April 24 at San Francisco. He last pitched on May 4 with Triple-A Oklahoma City tossing 2.0 perfect innings of relief with one strikeout against Colorado Springs. In eight games with the OKC Dodgers, Liberatore has gone 0-1 with a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.2 IP) and has limited batters to a .152 average, while striking out nine against one walk.

McCarthy, 33, last pitched on April 29 against the Phillies, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings and did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers 6-5 victory. The right-hander has gone 3-0 in five starts this season, posting a 3.10 ERA (10 ER/29.0 IP) and holding batters to a .245 average, while striking out 25 against nine walks.

Rookie Cody Bellinger named NL Player of the Week

Dodger outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 7.

Bellinger hit .429 (9-for-21) with eight runs scored, a double, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBI and a stolen base over five games to claim his first career Player of the Week Award, and the first for a Dodgers position player since teammate Adrián González was awarded NL weekly honors on April 13, 2015.

Among his NL counterparts, Bellinger finished the period first in RBI; tied for first in slugging percentage (1.000); tied for second in home runs; tied for third in batting average and runs scored; fourth in total bases (21); and tied for fifth in extra-base hits (5).

On Saturday night against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the 21-year-old rookie went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and career-high five RBI. With his first career grand slam in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-2 win over the Padres, Bellinger became the first Dodger in the modern era (since 1900) to hit five round-trippers in his first 11 Major League games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Following his multi-homer output the night before, as part of a three-hit game, Bellinger became the first player in club history since 1913, to log two multi-homer games in his first 10 career games (also April 29th vs. Philadelphia). During his torrid two-game stretch, LA’s fourth round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft tallied three homers, nine RBI and four runs scored. Across his award-winning week, Bellinger logged four multi-hit games and struck out just three times in 22 plate appearances.

By Staff of and news services

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