The Dodgers breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday afternoon after reliever Shawn Tolleson’s left knee injury was ruled to be nothing serious. Dodger reliever Shawn Tolleson, the 25 year old right hander, said he felt a pop in his knee while pitching during Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Padres at Peoria Stadium. That can’t be good right? Tolleson had to leave Tuesday’s game early after injuring his left knee during a wind-up.
He said he felt a pop, but was able to walk off the field under his own power. His knee was wrapped in ice as he walked onto the team bus. Dodger head athletic trainer Sue Falsone examined him to rule out anything serious. Tolleson was diagnosed with mild soreness in his left knee and will be re-examined on Wednesday. The Dodgers listed Tolleson as day-to-day.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly said Tolleson “felt scared after he felt something pop” He also said that Sue Falsone ruled out anything serious, and described the injury as being mild soreness. The Dodgers drafted Tolleson in the thirtieth round of the 2010 amateur draft. Tolleson made his major league debut with the Dodgers last season on June 4, pitching in 40 games. Tolleson posted a 3-1 record, a 4.31 ERA, 20 walks, and 39 whiffs in 37.2 innings pitched. He had a 9.3 whiff per nine rate for the Dodgers in 2012, and a career whiff rate of 13.4 in the minor leagues.
Tolleson is trying to make the roster, despite there being limited space available in the Dodger bullpen, and being passed up on the depth chart by several other pitchers. Tolleson is talented, but he may not make the opening day roster. If he doesn’t, the Dodgers can always start him in Albuquerque, as he does have options.