The 2016 regular season was not the kindest to Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Andre Ethier. However, after being named to the postseason roster, the man also known as “Captain Clutch” is looking to turn it around in October.
Ethier, who only played in 16 games this season, had a .208 batting average, hitting one home run and driving in two runs. Despite the decline in production, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts thought it was necessary to have Ethier on the postseason roster.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will be on NLDS roster https://t.co/RkNm7XocBd
— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) October 3, 2016
Andre Ethier will be on the postseason roster, Dave Roberts said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 2, 2016
Ethier missed time this season due to fractured tibia after fouling a pitch off his shin. The injury occurred Mar. 18 during a spring training match-up against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
According to an interview Ethier did with AM570, the injury was supposed to sideline him for 10-14 weeks. Yet, the injury shelved him for 4-5 months.
Because he had missed so much time during the regular season and was just starting to find his groove, many wondered if Ethier would make the Dodgers’ postseason roster. Understanding the questions, Ethier admitted that he is happy for the opportunity and he is very excited.
“I’m more than excited and happy to be making another playoff appearance for the Dodgers.”
Ethier has been a staple for the Dodgers’ in terms of recent success. He even captured a Silver Slugger Award in 2009 and a Gold Glove in 2011.
Ethier will be in a crowded outfield for the Dodgers postseason roster. Joc Pederson, Howie Kendrick, Andrew Toles, Yasiel Puig and Josh Reddick are also on the playoff roster.
The Dodgers are going into the postseason with seven rookies on the roster, so having a veteran like Ethier on the roster may prove to be beneficial for the Dodgers’ postseason aspirations. Ethier has been in the major leagues for 10 year, all have been with the Dodgers.