Regarded as expendable by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Andre Ethier has been relegated to platooning or filling in at the two outfield positions outside of his natural right field since Yasiel Puig’s arrival last season.
Signed to a large contract, Ethier has been a source of frustration for Dodger fans as his production has dipped over the course of the last two seasons. Despite the decline in productivity, Ethier was invaluable to the Dodgers last season in a year full of injuries.
Entering Wednesday, Ethier has appeared in all but three games this season. Ethier was in Wednesday’s lineup, though as a designated hitter, and found himself in a critical position with the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the seventh inning.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Ethier hit a double to left field that scored Puig and advanced Matt Kemp to third. By extending the inning, Ethier also gave Juan Uribe a chance to bat with runners in scoring position and he capitalized by singling down the right field line to push the lead to 5-1.
Dodgers Pre Game: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw And Yasiel Puig