Ethier re-aggravated the injury on September 13 against the Giants and it was brought to light that he actually injured the ankle in a previous series against the Rockies. Before tonight’s game in San Francisco, Ethier tested the ankle under the watchful eye of Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Andre Ethier tried to run the bases, stopped after one sprint. Took fly balls in CF earlier.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 24, 2013
Before the finale of the Dodgers’ series against the Padres, Ethier said he planned to be in the starting lineup tonight, but is shooting to get back in there tomorrow.
With the return of Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, Don Mattingly will have a difficult decision on a nightly basis as one of the four outfielders won’t be starting. However, with one common goal of wanting to win a World Series, all four need to buy into the idea that winning trumps playing time.
Once Kemp went down with his ankle and hamstring injury, Ethier shifted over to center field and his hitting seemed to pick up then. On the season, he’s hitting a solid .272 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI. With just six games left in the season, it’d be great to get Ethier in a game to get some timing back as he’ll be an important player come playoff time.
UPDATE: Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com at 6:10 PST:
After experiencing a setback in his return from a sprained left ankle, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier’s availability for the postseason is now in question. He’s gotten a lot better, but it has been 11 days, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. I’m optimistic and hopeful, but … we’ll see.
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