Dodger’s outfielder Andre Ethier fouled a ball off of his right shin three days ago. He has been in pain ever since. During the game he had to be removed and later carted off the field after being unable to walk. Since then he has been reported to be using crutches. The original x-rays came back negative. He was listed as day-to-day. Normally Ethier wears protection, but the ball hit just above the shin guard.
Unfortunately it looks like Ethier is still having problems. The Dodgers are sending Ethier for a bone scan to determine if they missed something on the x-rays. The Dodgers have been plagued by injuries this spring. Ethier was projected to be the club’s starting left fielder and has been playing well this spring.
Ethier was batting .435 (10 for 23) with 8 runs scored, and an OPS of over 1.000. Spring stats mean nothing, but Ethier has looked good since exhibition season began. It would be a tough loss for the Dodgers if he is not ready to go by opening day.
The Dodgers had thought he would miss only a couple of days, but now it appears he may be out for longer. If he is unable to play Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke would probably resume the majority of playing time in left field. Ethier is now the longest tenured Dodger and has been with the club since 2006. This is his eleventh season with the Dodgers.
On April 21 Ethier’s 10 and 5 rights will kick in giving him the power to veto any trade. He is due to earn 18 million dollars this season. Ethier has played in 1,417 MLB games for the Dodgers, racking up 5,361 plate appearances over his ten year career. He has played in ten games this spring.