This is from si.com’s Jon Heyman, and if you believe it, it paints a bleak picture of the way this organization is being run from the top down.
Anyway, as the headline says, Ethier becomes the first odd-man out. But Torre emphasized that he hasn’t yet made up his mind how this four-outfielders-for-three-spots scenario is going to shake out — although he expects to make it up fairly quickly.
“We’re at a point in the season where we can’t take a month to make up our minds for anything,” he said.
Torre did say he recognizes the dramatic improvement on the part of Ethier over the course of the season. From what I can deduce, the mentality on the part of club officials seems to be that Andruw Jones was signed to give the Dodgers the one thing they were missing last year, so without him in the lineup, they’re still missing it. Which is true to a point. But if having Jones in there actually makes the club WORSE, then you’re not really giving yourself the best shot of winning, are you?
Here’s the lineup