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Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:08 pm
By Matt Snyder

Back in July, Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier played in the All-Star Game after a big first half that was highlighted by a 30-game hitting streak. He's slumped badly since the break, though, hitting just .224 with one home run in 37 games. And it's with good reason, because Ethier's playing injured.

Ethier's playing on a bad right knee, which will reportedly require offseason surgery. The Dodgers are 11 games out of first place in the NL West with one month to play, but Ethier hasn't been shut down yet.

"If you're expecting me to do what I've done in the past, no, there's no possible way I can do that right now. You can say tough it out and give it your best shot, but it's not going to happen," Ethier said (

"It's only going to get worse from this point," he continued ( "I've dealt with it all season long, but 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?"

From that statement, it almost seems like Ethier thinks he should be shut down, and it's hard to blame him -- though he did tell the L.A. Times he thought there was "value in finishing what you started."

Still, the team isn't going anywhere this season and he's playing well below what he's accustomed to doing, likely because of the injury. Why don't the Dodgers just shut him down for the season and let him undergo his surgery now -- which would allow him to begin rehab sooner?

There isn't a great answer, unless you don't believe Ethier is hurt. General manager Ned Colletti almost sounds like he's in that camp.

"What am I supposed to be concerned about?" Colletti said ( "That he has those numbers [since the All-Star break], that he's hurt or contends he's hurt?"

Contends? So Ethier is faking it? That has to be the insinuation, doesn't it? Even during a five-game winning streak, the Dodgers front office continues to say all the wrong things.

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Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

While your father did as many other family men were forced to do to support their families, there's a hell of a big difference from a carpet layer to a professional ballplayer.  Most work-a day men are forced to deal with ackes and pains, while doing a days work, and still give 100% effort.  A professional athlete is different, pains and ackes dimenish what they can accomplish on the playing field.  Management on a professional sports team is either incompetent, stupid or could simply care less about their players when they chose to ignore injuries.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:09 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Do your job!  My father was a carpet layer who worked 55 hours a week with horrible knnes for 35 years for 20 dollars an hour, and was a perfectionist no matter how much pain he was in.   Made around 50K a year.

Suck it up and play and do the best you can. When your team calls on you make the not cry and complain about your stats going down.   Do the best you can and be proud of the fact that you went to work everyday.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:09 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Since the O'Malley's sold the Dodgers they been headed for the dumper.  They've done very few things right.  One of the things they've done exceptionaly bad is support their current and former players.  Now it's Eithier's turn to feel the lack of loyalty or appreciation from Dodgers management.  Dodger players are required to give their all but Dodgers mabnagement can dump on threm anytime they feel like it.  That's the culture Murdock brought when he purchased the Dodgers and it's been perpetuated by the McCourts.  Unfortunately, for Dodgers players present and past true Dodger culture died when the O'Malley's sold the team.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Trade Ethier ASAP while he still has some value. He can not hit lefties to save his ass and it's not like he's a top tier defensive outfielder. He's already made comments about leaving after the 2012 season anyways so get rid of him now. And just the comments by Coletti says there's something going on between Ethier and Dodgers management.
While you're looking for someone to take Ethier off your hands see if they'll take Billingsley too. While your at it find a new home for Broxton, Lilly, Uribe and Loney too.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 3:10 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

McCourt has infected the entire organization with his stupidity.  Just because Kemp has turned into the player everyone expected him to be doesn't mean you can just piss away Ethier.  The man is hurt, his numbers are hurt.  We can all see that.  Sounds to me like Colleti is just trying to damage his value on the free agent market.  Or paint him as a malcontent.  Ethier deserves better than this.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:32 pm

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Wow, the Dodgers just keep going lower and lower don't they. First ,a report card on Vin Scully and then accuse one of your stars of faking injury, If I'm a free agent, how badly do you think i want to go to

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