Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal will undergo further tests on his right forearm, but expects to play Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Prior to Andre Ethier breaking his tibia Friday, the Dodgers had more reason to worry about the health of their pitching staff.
President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged Tuesday that he “can’t imagine” right-hander Mike Bolsinger will recover in time from an injury to his abdominal/oblique area in time to open the season as the Dodgers’ fifth starter.
“I’m pretty it definitely will affect the start of the regular season,” Friedman said. “As far as how deep into it, I’m not sure.”
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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers re-assigned four players to their minor league camp: Catcher Shawn Zarraga, first baseman Cody Bellinger, infielder Brandon Hicks and outfielder Corey Brown.
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.
Yasmani Grandal, right, caught two innings of Kenta Maeda’s latest start before he was removed because of an injury to his forearms. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Catcher Yasmani Grandal was removed from the Dodgers’ Cactus league game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday after two innings and one at-bat. No reason was immediately given.
As he left the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Grandal insisted that he was healthy but had to leave for a doctor’s appointment.
Austin Barnes took over as the Dodgers’ catcher in the third inning.
Update (4:10 p.m.): Dave Roberts clarified that Grandal was removed as a precaution, after the manager noticed a grimace on Grandal’s face when he struck out in the second inning.