Andre Ethier returned to the lineup Saturday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third of a four-game series against the San Diego Padres. Ethier had missed the previous two matchups after fouling a ball off the inside of his right knee on Wednesday, which caused swelling.
Ethier was announced as a pinch-hitter in Friday’s game, but was replaced by Justin Ruggiano when the Padres countered by bringing in left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The brief time off did little to slow the Dodgers’ 33-year-old outfielder.
Ethier hit leadoff doubles in each of his first two at-bats Saturday night, and scored on Carl Crawford’s RBI double in the fourth inning. Ethier added a single in the sixth, walked in the eighth and struck out in the ninth to finish 4-for-5 with the the Dodgers’ only two runs scored.
While the longest-tenured Dodger currently on the roster made his presence felt at the plate, Ethier also flashed a little leather. With two outs in the second inning Padres catcher Austin Hedges hit a shallow fly ball into right field that Ethier came charging in on to make a diving catch for the third out: