October 9, 2013 |
Wednesday came and went, and the Dodgers apparently still don't know if Andre Ethier will be able to play center in the National League Championship Series. Manager Don Mattingly said they expect Ethier to be able to do more in the next round and that Wednesday's workout at Dodger Stadium would give them a better indication of how much they could expect from Ethier. Yet when Ethier was done hitting and tracking balls down in center -- without apparent difficulty -- he said nothing had really changed about his status.
April 21, 2012 |
As my teenage boys are fond of saying, “Wait, what?” The left-handed hitting Andre Ethier has pretty much owned right-handed pitchers throughout his six-year career, batting .308 with a .526 slugging percentage. It has never been a problem. Left-handers have been another matter, the sour to the sweet from the other side. For his career, the Dodgers' right fielder has a .244 batting average and .363 slugging percentage against lefties. And in recent years, the problem had only grown more exacerbated.
June 27, 2013 |
It's Andre Ethier, a man for all fields. Ethier has spent most all of his career in right field, but moved to center when Matt Kemp spent most of the month on the disabled list, and he played it very well. But Thursday he was moved again, this time starting in left field, with Kemp in center and Yasiel Puig and his rifle arm moving to right. And this figures to be the team's main defensive alignment in the foreseeable future, or until left-fielder Carl Crawford returns and things get real interesting.
November 15, 2012 |
Oh, Andre, you are just so damn hot! Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love. What, Andre Ethier doesn't get your temperature rising? You're looking at this all wrong. Like he's just a good baseball player or something. No, apparently the Dodgers' outfielder is much more than that. He's hot. Like supernova hot. Like melts-poor-defenseless-women-where-they-stand hot. If only they were all left-handed pitchers. If you feel as if you've been left behind on this love train - sorry, should not mix song references in the same post - then you obviously haven't stepped into the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory of late.
October 13, 2013 |
Now for the Dodgers' definitive injury report on Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier -- they have no idea. It could, of course, just be that they're not telling, but they somewhat understandably said during Sunday's optional workout at Dodger Stadium that they were uncertain whether either would be able to start Monday's crucial Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez (ribs) said he's planning to try to play, and Ethier (ankle) said he just did not know whether he could effectively play the field.
September 14, 2013 |
Players are falling so fast, the Dodgers are still calling up fresh bodies in the middle of September. Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez were out of the lineup Saturday, and Matt Kemp remained in Arizona testing his sore hamstring, so the Dodgers called up outfielders Alex Castellanos and Nick Buss from triple-A Albuquerque. Ethier left Friday's game after aggravating a sore left ankle, and Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday the outfielder would miss at least a few days.
October 8, 2009 |
Andre Ethier batted .202 over his final 35 games of the regular season. But Ethier refused to acknowledge that he was heading into the playoffs on a slump. "The last few weeks have been great," he said, before going two for three with two runs scored in Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. "We won and clinched a playoff spot. In your eyes they were probably tough." But his numbers were down . . . "My numbers are great for the year, what are you talking about?"
May 25, 2009 |
The Dodgers had a four-run lead going into the third inning Sunday. Their starting pitcher, Chad Billingsley, had not given up more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season. Nothing added up the rest of the way for Billingsley or the Dodgers, except the Angels' runs. The Angels pecked away at the Dodgers' most steady starter, scoring two runs in the third and three more in the sixth on the way to a 10-7 victory at Dodger Stadium.
July 10, 2011 |
Perhaps for the first time this season, Andre Ethier looked like the power hitter he says he still considers himself to be. Ethier had his first multi-home run game this season in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday, hitting solo homers in the fifth and eighth innings. "I'm not going to say it isn't nice," Ethier said. The home runs were Ethier's eighth and ninth of the season. He was homerless in his previous 15 games. Ethier said recently that he hasn't felt entirely comfortable at the plate this season, something he reiterated Sunday.
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.