As the Los Angeles Dodgers inch closer to the end of the season they hope to peak at the right moment. They are off to a good start following the 2016 All-Star Break. The Dodgers have clawed their way back to first place in the NL West after trailing 8 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
Unfortunately, one thing the Dodgers can’t avoid is injuries. The Dodgers DL list has been extremely crowded this season and the Dodgers most recently announced that pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will be out for the remainder of the year.
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One Dodger that might miss the entire 2016 campaign is outfielder Andre Ethier who has been rehabbing a spiral fracture in his tibia. Ethier has been sidelined since March after fouling a ball off his right shin. Ethier was originally expected to be out 10-14 weeks.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave reporters an update on the outfielder saying he has been taking batting practice against pitchers in Arizona. Also, for the past week Ethier has been running and fielding balls off the bat.
“He’s getting closer,” Roberts tells OC Register writer Bill Plunkett. “But to say when he’s going to go out on rehab, I’m not sure.”
Roberts says he has seen video of Ethier running bases in Arizona, but did not say if Ethier will be given a rehab assignment in the minor leagues or an estimated return.
Dave Roberts said he's seen video of Andre Ethier running the bases in AZ. He said running at 75%. No rehab assignment set yet.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 21, 2016
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Andre Ethier taking ABs vs live pitching, running bases past week in AZ. Still no date for possible rehab games
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 21, 2016
The Dodgers will start a six-game home stand at Dodger Stadium starting on Tuesday. The Boys in Blue will face the Giants first in a 3-game series followed by the Chicago Cubs.
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