If you had September 9 in your office’s “when will Andre Ethier return to the Dodgers” pool, congratulations. You have a gambling problem.
Ethier’s minor league rehabilitation assignment ended Friday with a one-sentence announcement in the team’s game notes: “Ethier is headed to Miami and could be reinstated by the Dodgers as early as tonight.”
As the designated hitter for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Ethier went 2 for 3 last night in a California League playoff game in Lancaster. He played 16 innings at designated hitter the day before, going 2 for 7 with a home run.
Ethier, 34, has spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from a fractured tibia that he sustained in spring training when he fouled a baseball off his right leg. Since he is on the 60-day DL, the Dodgers would need to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Ethier.
The same is true of Clayton Kershaw, tonight’s starting pitcher in Miami.
Ethier was the Quakes’ designated hitter the past two games, but he won’t be able to DH in a major league game before Monday, when the Dodgers visit the New York Yankees. He’s played three Single-A games in right field and two in left, totaling 31 innings.