Chris Dickerson out indefinitely following surgery

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Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Chris Dickerson “will have surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand along with arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist.”
No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but Dickerson is scheduled to go under the knife Monday and will obviously be out for quite a while. Dickerson is a solid all-around player who can play all three outfield spots well and has hit .277/.369/.424 in 466 plate appearances as a big leaguer, but his injury may not be such a terrible thing if it causes Dusty Baker to actually keep rookie Drew Stubbs in the lineup every day.
Baker benched Stubbs in favor of the 28-year-old Dickerson six times in the first 23 games and the manager’s track record in such situations suggests that was only bound to increase as the season wore on. Cincinnati likely isn’t going anywhere this year–although the Reds are off to a solid 12-11 start–but finding out what Stubbs is capable of offensively and defensively by giving him 140 starts is important long term.

Steven Matz to skip next spring training start with elbow issues

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Mets’ left-hander Steven Matz will miss his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday after experiencing soreness in his left elbow, according to a report by Mike Puma of the New York Post. Matz reportedly first felt discomfort in his elbow on Wednesday after pitching four innings against the Marlins, but a medical evaluation revealed no structural damage.

Still, it’s unsettling news for the 25-year-old, who is coming off of an injury-riddled 2016 season. Matz pitched to a 3.40 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 during his sophomore campaign with the Mets, but his success was hampered by a bevy of shoulder and elbow issues that culminated in season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

Comments from Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson indicated that while the club doesn’t believe anything is significantly wrong with Matz’s elbow this time around, the setback could have an impact on his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster. Until he’s cleared to return to the mound, the club is expected to take a longer look at rotation candidates Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Seth Lugo.

Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.