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Dodgers shut down Andre Ethier with oblique injury

Jul 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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After remaining on the Dodgers’ active roster without playing for more than a week Andre Ethier has finally been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Because of the All-Star break and the DL stint being retroactive to his last action on June 27 he’ll be eligible to return for the first game of the second half, although that’s no sure thing considering how often oblique injuries linger.

Ethier, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension in mid-June, was hitting .291 with 10 homers and an .848 OPS in 75 games when he suffered the injury on a check swing.

Mark Ellis returned from the DL to take Ethier’s roster spot and it looks like Matt Kemp will beat Ethier back from the DL. Ethier and Kemp haven’t been in the lineup together since May 30.

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