The Dodgers announced on Monday that outfielder Yasiel Puig has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Outfielder Andrew Toles has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig, 27, suffered the injury on a swing during Sunday’s game against the Angels. This is Puig’s second stint on the DL, as he also missed time in April with a bruised hip. The veteran outfielder is batting .265/.325/.462 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 277 plate appearances this season.
Toles, 26, hit .326/.363/.500 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 146 plate appearances at Triple-A this season. He missed nearly two months between April 14 and June 4 with a hamstring injury. Toles has been a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers in each of the past two seasons, owning a career .824 OPS in 79 major league games in his career.
Earlier today, Craig wrote about a potential shake-up in the Giants’ front office. It didn’t take long for that to come to fruition. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have fired GM Bobby Evans.
Evans had been with the Giants for 25 years, starting in 1994 as a minor league administrative assistant. He was promoted to director of minor league operations in 1998, became the director of player personnel in 2005, then was named vice president of baseball operations in 2009. For the last four years, Evans has been the Giants’ general manager.
In part due to Evans’ influence, the Giants were quite successful, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. However, the last two years have been the Giants’ worst in quite some time. The club went 64-98 (.395) last year and enters Monday’s action 72-84 (.462) despite some splashy additions in the offseason (Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria).
There will certainly be conversations as to whether or not it’s fair that Evans is the fall guy for the Giants’ recent lack of success. But that’s part of the deal when you’re a public-facing employee in the front office of a baseball team. Pavlovic says it seems unlikely Evans remains with the organization in a different role.
The Giants have reportedly been considering hiring a “high-profile baseball operations executive” to push the team in a new direction. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that Ned Colletti is the favorite to become the new GM. The offseason is still more than a month away, so the Giants have some time to stew on their candidates and not make any rash decisions.