Dodgers’ Andre Ethier lifted from loss to Giants with tightness in left ankle.

Andre Ethier

Dodgers athletic trainer Nancy Patterson Flynn, left, accompanies Andre Ethier off the field in the eighth inning. (Associated Press photo)

Andre Ethier was removed in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday with a sore left ankle, a scary moment 24 hours after Hanley Ramirez was forced out with a nerve issue in his back that affected his hamstring.

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.’ ”

Ethier finished 1 for 3. He was replaced in center field by Yasiel Puig, with Jerry Hairston Jr. playing the final inning in right field.

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.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.