Dodgers' Andre Ethier out 10-14 weeks with fractured tibia

The Dodgers have been hit by another injury. On Tuesday, the team announced outfielder Andre Ethier has a fractured right tibia and will miss 10-14 weeks. That puts him on track to return in the middle of June.

Ethier suffered the injury last week when he fouled a pitch into his leg. He actually stayed in to finish the at-bat before heading for tests, and the initial x-rays were negative. Ethier went for a bone scan this week when the soreness lingered. Here's the play:

This injury is very similar to what happened to Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira last year. Teixeira fouled a pitch into his leg, the initial x-ray came back negative, and it wasn't until additional tests were ordered after the soreness lingered that the fracture was found.

Ethier, 33, had his best offensive season in several years in 2015, hitting .294/.366/.486 (136 OPS+) with 14 home runs. He was penciled in as the team's everyday left fielder and manager Dave Roberts was even talking about batting him leadoff due to his high on-base percentage.

The Dodgers do have outfield depth, but losing Ethier clearly hurts. They now figure to use a Carl Crawford/Scott Van Slyke platoon in left field, with Joc Pederson in center and Yasiel Puig in right. Trayce Thompson and Enrique Hernandez are other outfield possibilities.

So far this spring the Dodgers have lost Brett Anderson (back surgery), Corey Seager (knee sprain), and Frankie Montas (rib) to injury. Michael Bolsinger also has an oblique issue. Anderson and Montas are out long-term, though the team is hopeful Seager will be back in time for Opening Day.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder), Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John), and Justin Turner (knee) are all coming off surgeries. Turner will be ready for the start of the season but Ryu and McCarthy are still several weeks away.

If nothing else, these injuries open the door for the Giants and Diamondbacks to make a run at the NL West title. Both teams improved over the winter and now Los Angeles is losing key players to injury.

The Dodgers will be without Andre Ethier for the next 14-14 weeks.
The Dodgers will be without Andre Ethier for the next 10-14 weeks. (USATSI)

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