Ethier (back) will head to Double-A Tulsa to continue his rehab assignment Friday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Ethier has spent the last week with High-A Rancho Cucamongo, playing in three games of rehab while facing live pitching for the first time since spring training. During those contests, the outfielder went 2-for-8 with one RBI and a walk, and is expected to start appearing in back-to-back games in the near future. The plan remains for Ethier to stay the maximum 20 days on his rehab assignment, which puts his return right around the beginning of September.
Ethier (back) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Barring any setbacks, manager Dave Roberts said he will be activated on Sept. 1, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Ethier continues to inch closer to a return, as he was able to complete a simulated game Tuesday before taking batting practice with the team Wednesday. He'll play one more simulated game before heading out on a rehab assignment, which should last him the maximum 20 days since he's been sidelined since spring training. The hope remains that he'll be able to rejoin the Dodgers when rosters expand at the beginning of September.
Ethier (back) is set to head out on a rehab assignment within the next few days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Ethier has been slowly progressing from a herniated disk that has kept him off the field in 2017. Although the outfielder will likely need a lengthy rehab assignment, he is still projected to return to the Dodgers right around the end of August. A clear timetable should come into focus once Ethier begins to play regularly at the minor-league level.
Ethier (back) will take on-field batting practice Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. This would seem to indicate that Ethier, who has been sidelined since spring training due to a back injury, is close to heading out for rehab games. Given Ethier's situation, it seems like a near certainty that he will spend the maximum 20 days on a rehab assignment before possibly returning when rosters expand in September. He will likely serve in a bench role upon his return.
Manager Dave Roberts said Ethier (back) may not return until September, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ethier, who has been sidelined since spring training, appears to have suffered yet another setback in his recovery from a back injury. A clearer timetable for his return should start to materialize once he resumes baseball activities, but Ethier appears to be a ways away from returning to the big club.