Murphy’s Law definitely seems like a real thing right now. Anything that can go wrong definitely feels like it’s trying to go wrong as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers are concerned. Today, in the game between Los Angeles and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Andre Ethier was the latest casualty of that law.
Ethier, during an at-bat in the top of the fourth inning, fouled a pitch off of his right shin. That left him in quite a deal of pain, but he still finished the rest of the at-bat and worked a key walk. However, he limped to first base and was removed for a pinch-runner as soon as he made his way down there.
From Ken Gurnick, Dodgers beat reporter for MLB dot com:
Andre Ethier was carted from the Dodgers dugout to the clubhouse beyond center field.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 18, 2016
Also, from David Vassegh, co-host of Dodger Talk on AM 570:
Andre Ethier can't walk to CF clubhouse. He is being carted across the field.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 18, 2016
This does not sound good whatsoever. This could all be a precautionary thing. It could be that Ethier simply had no feeling in the leg and they wanted to be safe, or it could be something far more serious. However, if it were serious then it doesn’t seem as if he would have finished the at-bat at all.
Either way, this is not good news. The last thing the Dodgers need is another injury, let alone to a performer as pivotal as Ethier definitely appears to be. He’s swung the bat solidly during the spring, and he appears that he’s going to be the leadoff hitter against right-handed pitchers. An injury to him is crucial.
It took Andre Ethier several moments to gather himself after the foul ball off the shin. The trainer had to come out and take a look at him, but you could tell that he was in some serious pain. The hope is that it’s nothing more than a bruise or something of that nature. Cross your fingers. The team needs him now.
Andre Ethier's X-rays were negative. He is day-to-day with a lower leg contusion.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 19, 2016
So, as reported, the x-rays came back negative which is an absolutely awesome thing to hear. As the Dodgers have said, he is day-to-day with a lower leg contusion (bruise). It’s likely that he’ll miss a few days but be back early next week. This is a huge crisis averted for the team.