The Dodgers held a workout this afternoon at Dodger Stadium as Don Mattingly and Ned Colletti spoke to the media before the players took the field for batting and fielding practice.
Mattingly and Colletti talked about Juan Uribe, the starting rotation and also Andre Ethier’s status going into Friday’s NLCS Game 1 in St. Louis. Ethier was only limited to pinch-hitting duties in the NLDS against the Braves as he’s been more optimistic about his status than the coaching staff.
Addressing the media prior to the workout, Mattingly said how important today was for Ethier:
A lot is based on today. He feels good, which is a positive. We definitely feel like he can do more then he did in the last series. Part of the decision making process is how much do we trust him.
During the workout, Ethier was one of the last players to start throwing in the outfield as he took a good amount of batting practice before finally hitting the field.
Ethier then proceeded to take fly balls in center field with Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke before returning back to the cages to hit more. While he didn’t run the bases, the Dodgers have now until Friday to set their roster and as Mattingly said, depending on how much they trust Ethier, will determine the fate of some on the playoff roster.
In three pinch-hit appearances against the Braves, Ethier went 0-3 with a walk as there wasn’t much to gauge how his ankle was feeling since he didn’t run too much.
Without his services everyday, Skip Schumaker started all four NLDS games in center field and filled in admirably. While he couldn’t track down a double to center field in Game 3, Schumaker hit .231 with two RBIs.
After the workout, Ethier talked to David Vassegh of AM570 Radio about where things stand:
Hopefully Ethier will wake up in St. Louis feeling better as the Dodgers will hold another workout at Busch Stadium tomorrow before having to set their lineup on Friday.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!