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Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:08 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Back in July, Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier played in the All-Star Game after a big first half that was highlighted by a 30-game hitting streak. He's slumped badly since the break, though, hitting just .224 with one home run in 37 games. And it's with good reason, because Ethier's playing injured.

Ethier's playing on a bad right knee, which will reportedly require offseason surgery. The Dodgers are 11 games out of first place in the NL West with one month to play, but Ethier hasn't been shut down yet.

"If you're expecting me to do what I've done in the past, no, there's no possible way I can do that right now. You can say tough it out and give it your best shot, but it's not going to happen," Ethier said (LATimes.com).

"It's only going to get worse from this point," he continued (LATimes.com). "I've dealt with it all season long, but as the season goes on my body wears down. That's just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to do?"

From that statement, it almost seems like Ethier thinks he should be shut down, and it's hard to blame him -- though he did tell the L.A. Times he thought there was "value in finishing what you started."

Still, the team isn't going anywhere this season and he's playing well below what he's accustomed to doing, likely because of the injury. Why don't the Dodgers just shut him down for the season and let him undergo his surgery now -- which would allow him to begin rehab sooner?

There isn't a great answer, unless you don't believe Ethier is hurt. General manager Ned Colletti almost sounds like he's in that camp.

"What am I supposed to be concerned about?" Colletti said (LATimes.com). "That he has those numbers [since the All-Star break], that he's hurt or contends he's hurt?"

Contends? So Ethier is faking it? That has to be the insinuation, doesn't it? Even during a five-game winning streak, the Dodgers front office continues to say all the wrong things.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:48 am
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Mr. Toupe Colleti should be traded.  They don't want to sit Ethier because their meager attendance
will drop more.  Andre has always showed up for work.  They baby Blake but don't care about
their young guns.  Look what happened to Martin.  He's happy in NY.  Maybe Ethier should go
to Boston.  At least he'll be appreciated.
The ENTIRE Dodger management should be traded to purgatory.  I can't wait for McCourt to
leave LA and let a real owner take over.


LeonorNichols
Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:49 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

The guy's career is in jeopardy. No player with a degeneritive knee can do well. Ask that Brandon Roy guy from Portland. There was a reason the A's traded him for Milton Bradley...the guy was diagnosed with degeneritive knees and it has finally come to pass.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

Andre Ethier should be shut down for the season!  The Bumbs aren't going anywhere and why would they not want to get him the surgery he needs asap in case there are set backs in the offseason.  Colletti should be fired.  He won't even back up his own players.  What's wrong with this guy?  I could see Ethier trying to play if The Dodgers were in playoff contention but they stink.  I know they need a new owner in LA but Bud Selig should get rid of the malcontents in the front office.  Do you think that a new potential will be happy if one of the franchise is hurt for the beginning of next season?  Maybe they should have had a fire sale?  Anyway, if the dodgers don't want Ethier they can ship him to Boston to be reunited with Pedroia.




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

groggy, you are a fool if you'd keep working while injured. There are aches and pains, which are nothing compared to say, a possibly damaged ligament in a knee. Use your head... or maybe you don't if you work through pain that could be potentially serious.



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

if an everyday workman can go to work with aches and pains then a highly overpaid athlete should do the same, actually, even more so.  the injured athlete would have to work a lil harder, thats all.  with that kind of salary they should work harder anyway! sounds to me like ethier wants vacation time.  dump him.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Ethier says he's hurt, Dodgers still playing him

It's pretty clear people. Ethier doesn't want to be back with the Dodgers next year.      They tried to trade him but couldn't and now he is a sour puss. He is playing like crap in the second half (just like he did last year) and now he is claiming injury. The Dodgers are saying f-you. Bye bye Andre. We don't need you anyway. Dodgers need to worry about signing Kemp to a long term deal and we can get a nice compensation pick when Ethier signs elsewhere.


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