Ethier’s calf still sore, but outfielder now available

Andre Ethier is available to pinch hit today, one day after a bruise on his calf sparked enough concern to send him to the hospital prior to Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the New York Mets.

“It’s still a little sore, but nothing to be concerned with,” Ethier said. “I’ll just keep progressing.”

Ethier sustained the injury Aug. 4 when he was hit by a pitch in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs, but it worsened after Monday’s game. When Ethier woke up Tuesday morning, the condition had worsened such that there was alarm a blood clot could be forming, something that was ruled out during his visit to the hospital.

“He had been dealing with it eight or nine days and the fact that it all of a sudden was throbbing, they were worried that it could be something more serious,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Ethier is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when the Dodgers begin a three-game series at Philadelphia.

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