Los Angeles Dodgers’ longtime outfielder Andre Ethier is continuing his climb through an extended rehab assignment in an effort to make it back to the big league club.
He had been stationed alongside first baseman Adrian Gonzalez at the Dodgers’ High-A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Ethier played three games there, collecting nine plate appearances, where he hit two doubles and managed to walk one time.
Ethier’s rehab assignment will now be moved to the next level. He will be joining the Double-A Tulsa Drillers over the course of the next few games. Bill Plunket of the Orange County Register broke the news this morning.
Andre Ethier scheduled to move his rehab assignment to Double-A Tulsa tonight. #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 18, 2017
Ethier already knows the he will have to earn his spot on the team if he wants to be on the playoff roster. The odds of him starting are slim to none, but he did come back from a similar situation last season and was able to make the playoff roster as a bench bat.
The Tulsa Drillers announced that Ethier will be in tonight’s lineup.
LA Dodger OF Andre Ethier has joined the Drillers on a MLB rehab assignment. He is expected to be in the lineup tonight at ONEOK Field! pic.twitter.com/kJJ45jJ5dP
— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) August 18, 2017
If Ethier can manage to provide any production off of the bench, alongside Adrian Gonzalez who will be returning to the Dodgers any moment now, the team will have the best, most experienced bats out of everyone in the playoffs.