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Andre Ethier to have season-ending knee surgery Wednesday

Sep 12, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Last week the Dodgers ruled out Andre Ethier for the remainder of the season with a right knee injury and now Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the outfielder will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday.

According to Jackson “the recovery time is expected to be short enough that Ethier can still engage in something close to his normal offseason conditioning program in advance of next season.”

Ethier basically matched his career totals with a .292 batting average and .368 on-base percentage this season, but hit just 11 homers in 135 games for a career-low .421 slugging percentage and failed to top an .800 OPS for the first time. He’s under the Dodgers’ control for just one more season and figures to get around $11 million via the arbitration process, so Ethier trade rumors may be plentiful this winter.

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