After breaking his leg in spring training, Ethier didn’t make his regular season debut until Game 141. The 34-year-old veteran enters Game 162 having collected only four hits in 23 at-bats — but 3 for 10 as a pinch hitter, with one home run, a walk and two runs batted in.
Ethier will join left-handed hitters Andrew Toles, Josh Reddick and Joc Pederson, and right-handed hitters Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick in the outfield rotation. The NLDS begins Friday in Washington, D.C. The Nationals will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series.
Here’s what Roberts said about Ethier prior to Sunday’s game: