Andre Ethier is in Los Angeles this week for a CT scan on his fractured right tibia. Ethier said he had the scan this morning but is still waiting for team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to read the results.
Potentially, Ethier could begin weight-bearing exercises on an Alter-G machine soon if the results of the scan allow. But that’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves. For now, Ethier can put weight on his right leg while walking with crutches. He said he’s been able to do that for about two weeks.
Ethier was given a 10-to-14 week timetable for recovery when he fouled a ball of his leg March 22.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias threw three innings in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma City without allowing a run today. It was his first regular season appearance out of the bullpen in two years.
Urias, 19, has thrown 18 innings this season after throwing 80 ⅓ across four levels last year. His innings will be limited again, perhaps to around 100. By shifting him to the bullpen at least temporarily, the Dodgers can preserve his innings count until later in the season.
Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.
Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.
Vin Scully won’t be returning next year by all accounts, but the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts will have some continuity in 2017.
Rick Monday and Charley Steiner have signed new multi-year agreements, the organization announced today. Monday and Steiner have been working together for the past 12 seasons calling games on Dodgers radio broadcasts.
Here’s more from a team press release:
The Dodgers’ offense has been limping for three straight games, and Wednesday they were shut out for the first time this season. The game story is here, the box score is here.
Ichiro Suzuki was Kenta Maeda’s favorite player growing up; tomorrow they can face each other for the first time.