The Dodgers traveled to St. Louis late last night and finally got to Busch Stadium this afternoon for their on field workouts. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny already discussed his NLCS roster and Games 1-3 starters for the series.
Zack Greinke spoke to the media earlier today and said how difficult the Cardinals lineup is, but the big question on everybody’s mind was: How’s Andre Ethier’s ankle doing? Ethier worked out yesterday at Dodger Stadium and while I thought he looked good in the outfield, Don Mattingly didn’t like what he saw.
On the field this afternoon, Ethier ran the bases and reported good news according to David Vassegh of AM570 Radio:
Ethier ran the bases hard and gave thumbs up to Mattingly, Colletti, Stan Conte watching him. Still jury out on him starting
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) October 10, 2013
Relegated to just pinch-hitting duties for the NLDS, Ethier was hopeful that he’d have an expanded role against the Braves, but didn’t play the field.
Injured since September 13, Ethier admitted that he sustained the injury in a previous series, but things got worse after he legged a double in the series against the Giants. Without him in center field, Skip Schumaker started the entire Braves series and had three hits in four games.
Speaking to the media after he saw Ethier run, Mattingly relayed great news according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Mattingly: Ethier a possibility for lineup tomorrow.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 10, 2013
Mattingly expanded on that a bit further and said that it’d be a “late afternoon” decision tomorrow if Ethier will be in the starting lineup. If the Dodgers can get Ethier back into the lineup, it gives them another hitter in the middle of the order and stretches it out even more.
It’s sounding more and more like Ethier will eventually break into the starting lineup and it’ll give them another run-producing bat in the middle of the order.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!