Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 weeks ago

The Dodgers declined Ethier's 2018 option Sunday, making him a free agent, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
2 months ago

Ethier hit a pinch-hit home run in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
2 months ago

Ethier started in left field and went 2-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

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, but he is unlikely to be pressed into a regular role given his lengthy injury history.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

Ethier will make his first start since returning from the disabled list Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

Ethier (back) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier is 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 anyways. He's been able to make 10 rehab appearances over the last month while recovering from the back injury, and should be able to play in the near future once he's able and ready.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 with the Dodgers recent acquisition of Curtis Granderson.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

Ethier (back) will head to Double-A Tulsa to continue his rehab assignment Friday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 days 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.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
3 months ago

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 Sept. 1, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier continues to inch closer to a return, as he was able to complete a simulated game on 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 seeing as he's been sidelined since spring training with a back injury. The hope remains that he'll be able to rejoin the Dodgers when rosters expand at the beginning of September.

Andre Ethier
LF FA
4 months ago

Ethier (back) is set to head out on a rehab assignment within the next few days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ethier has been slowly progressing from a herniated disk that continues to rob him of seeing 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.