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OK, maybe Andre Ethier won't be back on Sunday

May 27, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

andre ethier headshot dodgers.jpgYesterday we passed along world that Dodgers righfielder Andre Ethier was likely to make his return on Sunday, his first day eligible following his DL stint.  Not so fast says Joe Torre: the Dodgers may send Ethier on a minor league rehab assignment first, delaying his return to L.A.

The reasoning on this is kind of surprising. Apparently Torre watched Rafael Furcal come back from his injury on Tuesday night, when he went 0-4 with two errors, and thought that he didn’t want to see that kind of rust on Ethier.  Of course Furcal spent a month on the DL, he’s older, he plays a harder defensive position and he’s, you know, not as good.

But hey, the Dodgers are winning and Joe Torre is the guy with all the World Series rings, so I suppose he gets the call when it comes to this sort of thing.

  1. Ross - May 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Honestly, I can see this. When you injure yourself, you have to learn to trust the injured part again. It’s psychological more than physical. Physically it’s just fine, but in your head…you’re still not entirely sold on it for a little while. Just like any part of the game, it’s one thing to be able to do it in practice. Doing it in a game has that added mental component.

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