LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers return from their Monday off for Tuesday night's workout, they will breathe a sigh of relief if outfielder Joc Pederson's right shoulder is OK and continue to hold their breath about outfielder Andrew Toles' left wrist.On a futile diving attempt to catch Brandon Crawford's
LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers return from their Monday off for Tuesday night's workout, they will breathe a sigh of relief if outfielder Joc Pederson's right shoulder is OK and continue to hold their breath about outfielder Andrew Toles' left wrist.
On a futile diving attempt to catch Brandon Crawford's sinking liner in Sunday's 7-1 loss in San Francisco, Pederson landed hard on the shoulder he separated in late June. After the game, he acknowledged that he initially thought he might have reinjured the shoulder, but assured manager Dave Roberts he was fine and would be ready for the Friday night start of the National League Division Series in Washington (2:30 p.m. PT/FS1).
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"It just stretched out and I had a little bit of pain, but it went away and it's all good," Pederson said on Sunday. He missed three weeks this summer after that shoulder slammed into the fence at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
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Toles' injury might be more severe. He was held out of the last two games against the Giants because of his wrist, which he said was jammed when he made a catch earlier in the week, then was aggravated by swinging the bat.
Toles said he would probably not swing a bat for a few more days, but like Pederson, he insisted he'd be ready by Friday.
Pederson was an All-Star in 2015 and had a better season in '16. He raised his OPS from .763 to .847 and his batting average from .210 to .246. On defense, he has committed only two errors. His most glaring issue has been a .469 OPS and .125 average against left-handed pitching, leading to his experiment of wearing a faceguard while batting against lefties.
Toles is the team's Cinderella story, released by Tampa Bay after the '14 season, out of the game in '15 and on a meteoric ride from Class A ball at the beginning of '16 to hit .314 with an .870 OPS in 48 games with the Dodgers, along with speed on the bases and plus defense in the field.
Pederson had his biggest offensive month of the season in September, hitting .286 with a 1.081 OPS, seven homers and 15 RBIs. Toles went on a steady decline in September, when he hit .213 with 13 strikeouts and one walk.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.