Toles set for MRI exam on right knee

Dodgers left fielder will undergo an MRI exam on Wednesday to determine whether he damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, manager said after Tuesday night’s 4-3 walk-off win over the Pirates.

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Toles was injured chasing Andrew McCutchen’s ground-rule double leading off the top of the seventh inning that broke up Dodgers starter ’ no-hitter. Just as the ball bounced into the box seats, Toles tried to pull up, but his knee buckled under him.

“X-rays look OK, but potentially might be a DL. We’ll know more with an MRI tomorrow,” said Roberts. “I didn’t see the replay. As I heard, he was going up, trying to make a play on the ball and thought he didn’t have room and came down on his right knee and it kind of gave way. Meniscus was fine. The only other possibility it could be is an ACL because of the way he landed, so we’ll know more after the MRI.”

Toles was replaced in left field by Enrique Hernandez, who one out later lost ’s sinking liner in the lights and it rolled to the fence for an RBI double, with the run charged to Urias. Cervelli then scored on a flare single by , his first MLB hit.

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“Luckily, nothing too bad,” said Pederson. “Hopefully it comes back better tomorrow and I keep working on it from there. It was just a tough ball in the middle of the gap. Part of playing the outfield, sometimes it happens.”

Roberts said Pederson passed a concussion protocol. Pederson walked out of the club at a brisk pace but without much head movement on, coincidentally, his bobblehead night.

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“He’s got cuts on his forehead, his arm, he took an elbow to jaw, hit his head against the wall,” Roberts said, giving an inventory of Pederson’s injuries. “Right now there’s limited range of motion in his neck when he turns to the right. As a left-handed hitter, it’s going to get stiffer tomorrow, but right now I don’t see it as DL situation.”

On the play, Puig actually caught the long fly by in the right-center gap for the final out of the 10th inning. Pederson went down hard and Puig, after holding up his glove to show he held the ball, collapsed on the warning track next to Pederson.

Several moments after Roberts and two trainers reached the players, they got to their feet and walked off the field. pinch-hit in the bottom of the inning for Pederson. Puig, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two weekend games with lower back stiffness, remained in the game. He said he had bruised ribs but expected to play Wednesday night.

“We went all out for it. That’s just how baseball is,” said Puig. “I was the first to get there. When I got there I told him I had it and it was too late.”

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Roberts said nobody was to blame for the play, although Statcast™ showed that Pederson had a shorter patch to the ball than Puig, who was credited with his first five-star catch of the season. Puig had an 18 percent catch probability on the play, as he needed to go 93 feet in 5.0 seconds, according to Statcast™. Pederson had a 69 percent catch probability and was 87 feet away.

The Wild Horse Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed to help underprivileged children and families both locally and in the Dominican Republic. In addition to Monday’s poker tournament, Puig’s first major charity event in Los Angeles since establishing his foundation, its programming efforts include food drives and donations of athletic equipment and supplies to youth leagues, community centers and schools in need.

“I wanted to do this event for the kids, because when I was a little bit younger, 8 or 9 years old, I know how hard it is [to get] the stuff — baseball, bat, glove — to go play baseball,” Puig said. “I’d be asking my friends, ‘Hey, can I use your glove?’ I want to give to the kids baseball supplies and school supplies, too. … [Making] life more easy for the families and the kids.”
Puig’s event also drew several celebrities outside of baseball circles, including Lopez, TV and radio personality Larry King, former Lakers forwards Metta World Peace and A.C. Green, L.A. Kings center , former “The Bachelor” contestant Ben Higgins, comedian , actor Benito Martinez and 2006 World Series of Poker champion .

“My personal belief is when you are given more, that just means you have more to give back,” Higgins said. “That’s why you see these players really use their platform for good, because they’ve been given so much and it’s time for them to give back to the community or to people who need it most.”

Puig is one of several Dodgers players with charitable foundations who put on fundraising events throughout the year. Kershaw has a celebrity ping pong tournament that is nearing its fifth event in July, Turner hosts an annual golf fundraiser and Gonzalez puts on a yearly charity softball game at , among others.

“It’s nice to see everybody getting on board and wanting to make an impact in the community,” said Turner. “Maybe we’ll have some miniature golf, some bowling. Who knows what’s next.”

With the Dodgers supporting numerous causes via their own personal foundations and several more charitable efforts spearheaded by the club, the organization maintains a strong presence in the Los Angeles-area community.

“I think we’ve got a lot of guys with status and we’re known around the game,” McCarthy said. “They get a chance to put themselves toward something that can make a difference. It says a lot about the quality of guys that we have that they’re willing to step outside themselves and do it.”