OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
2 days ago

Ethier (back) has been diagnosed with a mild herniated disk and will be shut down for 7-10 days, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

While manager Dave Roberts said the injury is not as severe as the herniated disk Clayton Kershaw dealt with last year, he added that it would be "tough" for Ethier to be ready for Opening Day, AM 570's David Vassegh reports. It is unlikely that he will be able to get right back into game action when he is declared ready for baseball activity, so a DL stint to start the season seems likely.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
2 days ago

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Ethier (back) is unlikely to play for several days, even if his MRI comes back clean, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While this approach may be one where the Dodgers are simply being extra cautious with the veteran outfielder, Yasiel Puig is missing time with a calf injury this week, leaving the Dodgers a bit thinner at the position than expected. Ethier has gone 6-for-12 with a homer, two RBI, and six walks through eight games this spring.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
3 days ago

Ethier is scheduled to have an MRI on his back on Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The tests are simply precautionary for Ethier, who was been dealing with tightness in his lower back for a few weeks now. He said if it were the regular season he would be able to find a way to play through the back stiffness. It doesn't seem overly serious, but it will be a situation to monitor and he should be considered day-to-day in the meantime.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
3 days ago

Ethier was scratched from the lineup Sunday and is dealing with tightness in his lower back, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran was held out of prior spring training games due to back and hip issues, so it appears the injury has flared up. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday, so more information about his status for the upcoming season should be made available later this week.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
4 days ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 (9-for-32), 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.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
6 days ago

Ethier (back/hip) will either start in left field or at DH on Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier was available as a reserve Thursday, but was held out of the game. However, he'll be active in some capacity in Friday's matchup against the Brewers for the first time since getting hurt at the beginning of March. He hasn't played much this spring, but has been solid in his limited action. Over six games, he's gone 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
7 days ago

Ethier (back/hip) is listed as a reserve on the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup card Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier had missed the previous 10 days of action due to hip tightness but appears set to return to the field. Of course, the veteran re-enters a crowded battle for outfield work during the regular season.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
1 week ago

Ethier (back/hip) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier has been out of action since March 6 due to back soreness and nagging hip tightness, and it's uncertain when he may return to the Dodgers' lineup. There's still time to prepare for Opening Day, but it's a bit troubling that the soon-to-be 35-year-old is already battling discomfort in a couple areas. He was limited to 16 games last season to a leg fracture.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
1 week ago

Manager Dave Roberts said that Ethier (back) will be out for a few more days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The embattled outfielder left Monday's exhibition game early with a sore back, but reports also state that he's dealing with some nagging hip tightness. Nonetheless, Ethier seems to be moving in the wrong direction in terms of his health, although hopefully the extra days off will game him back on track to appear in spring games again soon. If he can return to full health, Ethier projects as a reserve outfielder for Los Angeles this season.

OUTAndre Ethier
LF LAD
2 weeks ago

Ethier (back) won't start Saturday, but the Dodgers are hopeful that he will be able to return Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

It had been previously reported that Ethier would return Saturday, so his absence suggests his back is taking a little longer to get right. He is on track to open the year as a bench bat on a very deep Dodgers roster.