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Andre Ethier backs off the “the Dodgers are making me play hurt” stuff

Aug 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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On Saturday Andre Ethier was quoted as complaining about the Dodgers putting him in the lineup despite his injuries. His quote in the T.J. Simers column: “… as the season goes on my body wears down. That’s just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to do?”

Before yesterday’s game, however, he had a somewhat different take on things:

“It’s always been my choice to keep playing and keep going. They’ve never said, ‘We don’t think you can or you can’t play.’ It’s always been they’ve said, ‘Hey, you’ve obviously put up with this and it’s at your discretion.'”

Well I guess that’s all settled then.  In other news, the political candidate has always been clear and consistent about Issue X, that band that was awesome 15 years ago is confident that their latest album is the best thing they’ve ever done and that celebrity couple’s breakup was “amicable” and they remain the best of friends.

  1. dodger88 - Aug 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Thanks to his ill timed comments and now his poor performance, he has little trade value. While $10+ million for his final arbitration year is high, I figure the Dodgers will roll the dice in the hopes they can get one more productive season along the lines of 2009, especially if he is healthy following the knee surgery he seems likely to have in the offseason. If the Dodgers manage to find themselves in contention next year, he could be valuable; if not they could try to trade him if/when his value is higher than it is now. Either way, I don’t see the Dodgers investing in him beyond 2012, especially when they need to try to lock up Kemp & Kershaw sooner rather than later.

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