The Dodgers hoped when outfielder Andre Ethier went down with an ankle injury two weeks ago that he’d be able to play in at least a handful of games before the season ended.
Ethier suffered the initial injury in a series against the Rockies, but irritated the injury on September 13 after muscling a double down the right field line against the Giants. Prior to the series starting in San Francisco this week, Ethier had to stop his work out after rounding the bases just once.
However, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Don Mattingly doesn’t expect his outfielder to play again in the regular season:
Andre Ethier is not expected to play before the end of the regular season, according to Don Mattingly.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 27, 2013
The news isn’t surprising since Ethier was sent back to LA yesterday to get examined by Dr. Neal Attrache and while the ankle is improving, he still can’t run the bases.
Incredibly enough, Ethier went down just as Matt Kemp returned from hamstring and ankle injuries after missing close to two months. At this point, it doesn’t look like Ethier will make the NLDS roster, but in the coming days he’s expected to play in simulated games and continue hitting.
Without Kemp in the lineup, Ethier helped the Dodgers stay afloat as his defense in center field coupled together with his solid hitting were key from June-September.
With only three games left after tonight and the playoffs starting a week from today, Ethier has got to show a huge improvement in his ankle if he wants to see himself in the lineup.
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