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.
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:
In a winner-take-all Game 5, Daniel Murphy and the Mets struck a dagger through the heart of the Dodgers’ pitching staff. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
A sold-out Dodger Stadium was denied its chance to celebrate, writes David Montero.
The Dodgers were doomed by some familiar mistakes, writes Vincent Bonsignore. One was a stolen base on which nobody covered third. Murphy was great, but some of the Dodgers’ wounds were self-inflicted, writes Mark Whicker.
Andre Ethier and Don Mattingly both said after the game that their nationally televised screaming match was merely a continuation of Ethier’s argument with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom (but, as Ethier told me after the game, “if that’s what you want to hang the game on, that’s what you can hang the game on.”). As Tom Hoffarth writes, the explanation didn’t need to wait that long.
I’m told the Dodgers will not be making any announcements tomorrow, so try to sleep this one off and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. I’ll have some follow-up stories from tonight.
If you’re made it this far, a personal thank-you for sticking with me all season. A common question I get is “what do you do during the off-season?” The answer: I write about the Dodgers.
So keep coming back. There’s always news with this team.
The Dodgers staged simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their pre-series workouts for the NLDS against the New York Mets. Game 1 is Friday at Dodger Stadium.
On Tuesday, Brett Anderson, Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias faced a group of batters. Wednesday was a bullpen game: Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia all threw simulated innings. Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez were among the batters.
The sim game ended when Gonzalez hit a home run off Garcia
Here is the (edited for time) video of Jansen’s inning: