September 14, 2013 |
They take lots of slow breaths around the Dodgers these days as they try to balance clinching a playoff spot with keeping players injury-free for the postseason. The Dodgers had to pause again Friday night in a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants when Andre Ethier came out of the game after irritating a sore ankle, but early reports were optimistic, not that they haven't mistakenly gone down that road this season. Ethier doubled in the eighth but felt the ankle bite as he made the turn round first.
March 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers need to investigate Andre Ethier's aversion to hitting singles this spring. They might mention they are allowed, though it's just possible they are completely fine with his swing. I mean, given that he's simply been tearing the ball up all spring. Ethier continued his Ruthian ways Friday against the Brewers, hitting a double and home run, each driving in a pair of runs - and all the Dodgers' runs - in a 9-4 loss at Camelback. In a split-squad game against the Cubs in Mesa, the Dodgers won, 6-3, behind a two-run triple by Dee Gordon.
December 16, 2013 |
Andre Ethier has started the Dodgers' opener in right field for five consecutive seasons. That streak appears over, barring injury to Yasiel Puig. That could leave Ethier in center field, or in left field, or left out, or on another team. The Dodgers say they have no plans to trade any of their four outfielders at this time, but they would not be opposed to trading one in order to replenish their prospect stock. That has left Ethier in the position of reading his name in trade rumors all winter, again.
November 28, 2012 |
ANDRE ETHIER , 30, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .284 batting average, 20 home runs, 89 RBI, 36 doubles, 79 runs and .351 on-base and .460 slugging percentages. Contract status: Signed for the next five seasons at $85 million. The good: Good pretty much describes his season. He led the team in RBIs, doubles and runs, and was second in home runs and slugging percentage. Hit .509 when ahead in the count and .331 at home. Committed only one error in 149 games.
May 31, 2010 |
With a splint on his right pinkie finger and foam pad on the knob of his bat, Andre Ethier returned from the 15-day disabled list Monday for the Dodgers' series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Making his first start since May 14 but still entering the game as the Dodgers' leader with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in, Ethier insisted that his new accessories weren't indications that his swing was in any way impaired by his fractured digit. "It's still broken, but it's just not as painful," Ethier said.
September 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Dodgers' season is unraveling. But unlike last year, Andre Ethier has a chance to do something about it. He's healthy. "For the most part, I've achieved my goal of staying on the field," Ethier said. Ethier's injury-plagued 2011 season ended here at Nationals Park, where the Dodgers shut him down and sent him to Alabama to get his ailing right knee to examined. He later had minor surgery. Ethier's only significant injury this year came in the middle of the season when he strained a side muscle.
September 9, 2011 |
With two doctors already recommending surgery, Andre Ethier is awaiting one final opinion before undergoing a minor procedure to clean up his long-ailing right knee. An operation could take place before the end of the season. Trainer Stan Conte estimated a recovery time of eight weeks. "If we're going to do something, we're going to do it sooner," Conte said. "It gives us two or three more weeks to give him as normal an off-season condition program as usual. " Already ruled out for the remainder of the season, Ethier met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Friday.
May 12, 2012 |
Six weeks into the season, Andre Ethier can report his surgically repaired right knee is holding up fine. "Everything feels good," he said. Ethier entered Saturday as the National League leader in runs batted in with 32. While teammate Matt Kemp's home run prowess has gained national attention, Ethier has quietly driving in runs on a consistent basis. "I know what my job is here hitting fourth - giving Matt protection," he said. "Not too many people want to pitch to him no matter what protection is behind him, but I'm just there to pick him up. " Opposing pitchers are becoming increasingly hesitant to pitch to Kemp, who went into Saturday as the National League co-leader in home runs with 12. Kemp walked once every 7.5 plate appearances last month.
June 13, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Andre Ethier doesn't know where he'll be batting in the lineup when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. Or, for that matter, if he'll be playing at all. These days, nothing is certain for Ethier, who only a year ago was viewed as one of the team's centerpieces and signed to a five-year, $85-million contract extension. Not only is Ethier's short-term future now in question, his long-term future is too. The emergence of Yasiel Puig has led to widespread speculation in baseball circles that the Dodgers will attempt to trade Ethier in the near future.