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Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles to undergo MRI scan of injured knee

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles to undergo MRI scan of injured knee
Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles tries to catch a ball hit for a ground-rule-double during the seventh inning on May 9. Toles was injured after running into the wall. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles jammed his right knee into the left-field wall on Tuesday night when trying to run down a double by Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The injury caused him to leave the game, and it could have long-term consequences.

After the game, manager Dave Roberts indicated that an X-ray on Toles' knee came back clean, but he referenced the possibility of damage to Toles' anterior cruciate ligament, which would not be examined until an MRI scan on Wednesday.

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"He was going up, trying to make a play on the ball, and thought he didn't have room," Roberts said. "He came down on his right knee, and it gave way."

After a sluggish start to 2017, Toles was just beginning to hit. He batted .360 during the last seven games. Now he could face a significant layoff.

Roberts stopped short of saying Toles would require a stint on the disabled list, but that appears likely. The Dodgers are already using a four-man bench, so the team cannot afford to carry an injured player for very long.

There are three outfielders on the 40-man roster who could replace Toles: Scott Van Slyke, Brett Eibner and Trayce Thompson.

Thompson continues to struggle in triple-A Oklahoma City. He is batting .130, and appears rusty after missing most of 2016 with a back injury. Eibner has a more reasonable .750 on-base plus slugging percentage, but he is not considered an offensive threat at the big-league level. Van Slyke has three hits in 15 at-bats since getting demoted last week.

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