Dodgers' Andre Ethier: Returns to lineup Saturday

Ethier (back/hip) returned to the lineup and went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

The veteran outfielder technically returned Friday when he appeared as a pinch hitter, but Saturday's return to both the lineup and the field is a better indicator that his minor ailments have cleared up. Ethier picked up where he left off, bringing his batting average up to .500 (6-for-12) in 18 Cactus League plate appearances. The 34-year-old is currently fighting for a role in the crowded Los Angeles outfield. His primary competition for regular at-bats is fellow lefty Andrew Toles. While the latter hasn't done anything to lose ground in the race, Ethier's track record and contract situation may ultimately land him the job. Whichever player is named the Dodgers' starting left fielder would likely end up on the strong side of a platoon.

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