Ethier hit a pinch-hit home run in Thursday's win over the Phillies. His second home run of the season was a big one, as it tied the game in the seventh inning as the Dodgers were facing a four-game series sweep. Ethier has played primarily off the bench since his activation from the DL on Sept. 1, but he's made the most of his limited opportunities and in turn has put himself in the mix for a spot on the NLDS roster.
Ethier started in left field and went 2-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. Ethier homered off the bench Saturday and was rewarded with his third start since returning from the 60-day DL on Sept. 1. The 35-year-old is one of many left-field options manager Dave Roberts has at his disposal, and given his lengthy injury history, he's unlikely to be pressed into a regular role.
Ethier will make his first start since returning from the disabled list Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Ethier is dealing with a stiff neck, so the Dodgers will ease him back into the lineup. Los Angeles has a doubleheader against the Padres on Saturday, so look for Ethier to ride the bench for whichever game he doesn't start.
Ethier (back) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday. Ethier is also dealing with a "neck thing" according to manager Dave Roberts, but will rejoin the active roster ahead of the series against San Diego this weekend anyway. He's been able to make 10 rehab appearances over the last month while recovering from a back injury, and should be able to play in the near future once he's able and ready.
Manager Dave Roberts said Ethier (back) is dealing with a "neck thing" but is still expected to rejoin the Dodgers on Friday in San Diego, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. This issue explains why Ethier hasn't played in the past few days. He's still on track to rejoin the Dodgers once rosters expand after making 10 rehab appearances across three minor-league affiliates, going to 7-for-32 ( .219) with six RBI over that span. Ethier's role once he returns remains up in the air following the Dodgers' recent acquisition of Curtis Granderson.
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