Ethier announced his retirement Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ethier denied reports that he intended to retire back in November, but his retirement ended up being forced on him, as no team wanted to sign a 36-year-old who had been limited by injuries to just 64 plate appearances over the last two seasons. The veteran will end a 12-year career, spent entirely with the Dodgers, with a .285/.359/.463 line, 1,367 hits and 162 homers. He holds the Dodgers' record for most career postseason games, appearing in 51.
Ethier announced Sunday that the reports of his plans to retire were "totally untrue," Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
A now deleted report from Robert Murray of FanRag Sports claimed Ethier had informed family and friends of his plans to retire from the MLB, but the veteran outfielder quickly shot those rumors down. According to Ethier, multiple teams have already shown interest in acquiring his services, and he's currently planning on remaining in the big leagues for his 13th major-league season.
Ethier has informed his family and friends that he plans to retire from professional baseball, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports.
Ethier had his club option declined by the Dodgers this offseason after appearing in just 22 games during his injury-plagued 2017 season. The 35-year-old will close his successful 12-year playing career with two All-Star appearances and a Gold Glove to his name.
The Dodgers declined Ethier's 2018 option Sunday, making him a free agent, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Rather than keep Ethier on the team for the 2018 season and pay him $17.5 million, the Dodgers turned down their option on Ethier and bought out his contract for $2.5 million. Injuries have been the focal point of the last two seasons for Ethier, as he's played in a combined 38 games in that time. During the 2017 campaign he played in 22 games, over which he slashed .235/.348/.441.
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.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Ethier (back) would be activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Ethier has been on the DL all season with a herniated disc, but he seems to be reasonably healthy now after having made appearances in 10 games across three minor-league affiliates, going 7-for-32 with six RBI. The 35-year-old has formerly served in the larger portion of a platoon in the corner outfield for the Dodgers, but with the team having recently acquired the lefty-hitting Curtis Granderson to fill that role, Ethier may be limited mostly to pinch-hitting duties in September. Since he's not a lock to be included on the Dodgers' postseason roster, Ethier's days with Los Angeles could be numbered, as the team will more than likely decline his $17.5 million club option for 2018 this offseason.
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.
Ethier (back) has not partaken in any baseball activities yet and is not expected to return until after the All-Star break, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ethier has been sidelined since spring training, and it doesn't seem like he's making any progress at all in his recovery process. A firmer timetable for his return should be revealed once he's able to ramp up his activity.
Ethier (back) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.
With Ethier off the 40-man roster for the time being, it allowed the Dodgers to claim Justin Marks off waivers from the Rays. This is more of a procedural move than anything, as it still would line Ethier up to return sometime in June. More details on his recovery progress should emerge as his return date nears.
Ethier (back) is not expected to be ready to return to the Dodgers until June, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ethier still hasn't begun baseball activities and is expected to require somewhere near a full spring training prior to returning to the lineup, which pushes back the embattled outfielder's timetable even further. Nothing is set in stone as of now, but a more specific gameplan should come forth once he's able to ramp up his activity a bit more.
Ethier (back) has not been cleared for baseball activities and remains without a timetable to return, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It has been over two weeks since Ethier began running, but the herniated disk in his back is still bothering him. Ethier will likely need a substantial rehab assignment before he can return to the majors, so expect him to miss at least another two weeks if not more as this injury lingers.
Ethier (back) began running Wednesday but has yet to be cleared to resume baseball activity, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ethier is still feeling some discomfort in his back, though he did begin running again. He still remains without a timetable for his return, so it will be a situation to monitor as the date he is eligible to come off the disabled list approaches (April 9).
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