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.
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.