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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to the clubhouse two days after he was diagnosed with a fractured right tibia. Ethier is still walking in crutches and probably will be for six weeks. That’s how long he was told not to put any pressure on his broken leg.
“It never felt right,” he said. “Still isn’t.”
Andre Ethier (right) fouled a ball off his shin Friday. The initial x-rays were negative, but a subsequent MRI revealed a simple fracture in his right fibia. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — An MRI on Andre Ethier‘s right tibia Monday revealed a simple fracture. The veteran outfielder won’t need surgery, but the Dodgers say he will not return for 10 to 14 weeks.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, right, has been walking on crutches ever since he fouled a ball off his right shin Saturday. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Ethier remained on crutches Monday, three days after he injured his right shin on a foul ball. The veteran outfielder was scheduled to undergo further tests to rule out the possibility of a fracture.
“He just is not feeling well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers lost 6-3 to the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. “He’s not responding. … Trying to stay positive, but just the way he’s moving around so gingerly and not able to bear weight. We’re waiting.”
Ethier was diagnosed with a contusion after his initial x-ray Friday and was expected to miss just 2-3 days.
“After a contusion, even if it gets you pretty good, you should feel a little less discomfort,” Roberts said.
A fracture could take weeks to heal and would almost certainly land Ethier on the disabled list to begin the regular season. Ethier was named the Dodgers’ starting left fielder early in camp, and his absence would open a door for veteran Carl Crawford to seize more playing time.
Results of the scan could be announced as early as tonight.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Ethier has started 1,214 regular season games in his career, all with the Dodgers. The only position in the batting order he’s never occupied is the first.
Wednesday, Ethier will bat leadoff against the Colorado Rockies in a Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch. A right-handed pitcher, Chad Bettis, is starting for the Rockies, which factored heavily into manager Dave Roberts‘ decision.
Here’s what Roberts said before the game: