Dodgers prospect James Outman had an outstanding season in 2022. He posted a .946 OPS for Double-A Tulsa, which earned him a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City. At OKC, he posted a 1.018 OPS, although his stint there was interrupted by a week in the big leagues, where he posted a 1.409 OPS.
There was one other interruption in Outman’s OKC season, too, when he missed two weeks in August just days after being sent back down from Los Angeles. Outman was on LA radio recently and he talked about that missed time.
“It was a backfoot slider, it hit me in the toe and it fractured my left big toe. I was out for like two weeks and then back in there and now I feel good. I feel agile again”
On August 6, in his second game back with OKC, Outman was hit in the toe by a slider from Angels minor-league pitcher Elvis Peguero (who has since been traded to Milwaukee in the Hunter Renfroe deal). Outman was out for two weeks, returning to action on August 21. In his fifth game back from the injury, he hit for the cycle; three games later, he did it again. Overall, Outman batted .344 with an OPS of 1.152 and 25 extra-base hits in 33 games after returning from the fractured toe. And after being hit by a pitch in each of his first two games after his time in the big leagues, he wasn’t hit by a single pitch after returning from the injured list, in the toe or anywhere else.
Outman will head into spring training next month with a chance to earn the starting job in center field for the Dodgers. The position opened up when LA non-tendered Cody Bellinger earlier this offseason.
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