Andrew Toles to undergo season-ending surgery for a torn ACL

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Andrew Toles has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the damage in two weeks, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Toles suffered the injury running into the left field wall attempting to corral an Andrew McCutchen double on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Toles, 24, was hitting a solid .271/.314/.458 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 102 plate appearances. He joins a rather lengthy list of injured Dodgers, including Adrian Gonzalez, Logan Forsythe, Andrew Ethier, Rich Hill, Scott Kazmir, and Brandon McCarthy.

With Toles absent, Cody Bellinger is probably up in the big leagues to stay. Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger would go back to Triple-A Oklahoma City once the Dodgers’ outfield was back to full health, but that obviously isn’t the case. The 21-year-old rookie is hitting an incredible .320/.393/.680 with five home runs and 15 RBI in his first 56 PA.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.