Andre Ethier isn’t close to returning to baseball activity, per Alanna Rizzo.

Ethier was hit with a herniated disc in early March, and has yet to resume baseball activities.

Dave Roberts said Ethier is still sore in an interview with Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

“I talked to him yesterday, and he said he had normal soreness,” Roberts said. “He’s doing some running, nothing baseball-wise, and he felt a little sore. Today, if it feels good, he’s going to do some running. On the baseball front, I don’t know when that’s going to be. Once that starts, then we have the progression and we’ll have a more accurate timetable. He’s still a ways out.”

The Dodgers have the depth to withstand an extended Ethier absence. Anything the team receives from him is more of a bonus. Andrew Toles has experienced a power surge lately, but Franklin Gutierrez has yet to prove a worthy platoon partner.

Ethier turned 35 earlier this week, and despite having faded over the years, remains a fan favorite. Ethier missed last season with a broken leg, but projected as a starting outfielder before his herniated disc injury. Clayton Kershaw suffered a similar issue last season, which kept him out of action for nearly three months.

For Jackie Robinson Day, Ethier was honored for his work with the Robinson scholars.

MLB players celebrate Jackie Robinson

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