Ethier, however, said he’s been able to play through the injury for the better part of eight days since he turned the ankle on an aggressive swing in a game against the Colorado Rockies. He doesn’t expect to miss much time.
“I’m just a little sore today,” Ethier said. “He (manager Don Mattingly) didn’t feel like I could score from second (base) so we got somebody else out there.”
Ethier was replaced by pinch runner Dee Gordon after clubbing his team-leading 33rd double of the season. He said the ankle “tightened up on me” running from first to second base. Mattingly and athletic trainer Nancy Patterson Flynn went to second base to check on Ethier.
“They asked if I could score on a ground ball to the outfield. (I said) ‘I’m not sure. I’m not sure I could make that turn and go.’ ”
Mattingly was asked after the game why he was optimistic about Ethier being able to recover quickly.
“Three or four days ago it was sore and it went away,” the manager said.