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Dodgers rule out Andre Ethier for the season with knee injury

Sep 8, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York Reuters

Andre Ethier backtracked a bit from his comments last month suggesting the Dodgers were making him play through a knee injury, but manager Don Mattingly just announced that Ethier has been shut down for the season.

According to Ethier doctors initially told him that playing through the injury wouldn’t make it any worse, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s headed for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Alabama.

Perhaps his condition has indeed gotten worse or maybe the Dodgers just realized that pushing an injured player to be in the lineup seems kind of silly when he’s hitting just .252 with two homers and a .672 OPS in 45 games since the All-Star break (although in fairness he’s played well in the brief time since the controversial comments).

Ethier hit .311 with an .846 OPS in the first half, yet will finish this season with the first sub-.800 OPS of his six-year career. He’s under the Dodgers’ control next season in his final year of arbitration eligibility and figures to make at least $11-12 million, so Ethier could find himself on the trading block this winter.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Strange year all right: a team with a Cy candidate and another player with MVP numbers that was one of the bottom-five doormats of beisbol all year and finally started playing a little over the past month. Donnie Baseball should let Kemp and Kershaw make their individual cases and otherwise focus on his callups and whatever future there might be for this organization-in-eclipse. And if they wind up being owned by the Chinese, what the hay, the new team logo can feature one of those calligraphic symbols so popular in modern body art…

  2. dodger88 - Sep 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Good call as it will guarantee playing time for Jerry Sands for the balance of the season with some combo of Gwynn / Rivera / Loney filling out the remaining outfield spot and first base. Unless someone is willing to overpay, I’m in favour of holding on Ethier for one more season in the hopes he can return to 2009 form and play the outfield with Kemp and Sands.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Sep 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    It’s okay. The Dodgers will still overtake SF for 2nd.

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