Andre Ethier’s absence was an easily overlooked facet to a crazy game in Peoria. Ethier was a late lineup scratch due to “mid-back stiffness” that he experienced during batting practice Saturday morning.
“I talked to Dre,” Mattingly said. “He said ‘I didn’t get stretched out.’
“They treated him and let him go home. We’ll see him tomorrow morning.”
The manager expressed only mild concern that Ethier recently complained of a stiff back during the team’s first full-squad workout of the spring. Ethier was already scheduled to sit out tomorrow’s game against the Cubs and that won’t change.
Justin Sellers left Saturday’s game complaining of a headache after being struck in the chin by a batted ball in the third inning. “Doctors cleared him and sent him home,” Mattingly said. “Last I heard, there was no concussion.”