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Ethier shut down for season

Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: September 8, 2011 2:18 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier has been shut down for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Ethier has been battling a lingering knee injury for much of the second half of the season and has said that he'll need surgery to repair it in the offseason. A few weeks ago, Ethier seemed to indicate he wanted to be shut down but the Dodgers were forcing him to play. Of course, the next day he said that it was his choice to keep playing. So it was hard to tell what was really going on.

But the knee injury is why Ethier's season is over now, as he looks to be ready in time for the 2012 season.

“I’m just trying to figure this whole thing out right now and figure out a way to get it better where it won’t affect me for spring training,” Ethier said, via the Associated Press.

This puts an end to a season with huge hills and valleys for Ethier. He opened by dominating headlines in late April/early May when he ran up a 30-game hitting streak. He also complained about the Dodgers ownership situation, amidst whispers he wants to play for the Red Sox. He made the All-Star team in July. Then his season unraveled statistically as he dealt with the knee issues.

Ethier, 29, is headed to visit Dr. James Andrews for an examination, but reports from Los Angeles indicated arthroscopic surgery is likely.

The season does end on a relatively high note for Ethier, as he went 2-5 with four RBI in a 7-3 Dodgers win Tuesday night. He closed with a .292 average, 11 home runs, 62 RBI, 30 doubles and a .789 OPS.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:47 am
 

Ethier shut down for season

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

Way to shut her down Andre.  Little jealous of the MVP season Matt Kemp is havin in CF?  The effort justw asn`t there and as much as you can seew hy on the messed up Dodgers....Andre is gettin paid. Of course Red Sawx fan whose beloved team donates $19,000,000 to candy ass JD Drew to be on the DL more than when he`s hitting .240 with more K`s than anything else. Maybe he`ll sign in Boston and be rejuvinated hitting in the 1912 bandbox that is Fenway. Poor Don Mattingly, as bad a first managerial job as Enron, Atros, Pirates, Marlins, Mariners. Suck it Dodgers! 



Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:50 am
 

Ethier shut down for season

I'm soryy, but as sad as things may seem in the City of the Angels, trading Andre' just idsnt in the cards. You guys dumped Manny on us and we're all wondering what that was all about...still. Lol.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

The Dodgers should have shut down Ethier a few weeks ago.  They had no shot at the playoffs and were risking further injury to a very good player.  He will get a new deal in the 14 - 15M dollar raneg and he deserves it.  He did speak out about ownership but what he said was true.  How could the Mccourts messy situation not affect the team?  I hope he has a full recovery.  I would like to see him reunited in Boston with his college teammate, Dustin Pedroia.  However, I'm not sure if the Sox can afford him with Crawford's contract and the new contract that Ellsbury should get after a super season.  (I love Ellsbury who reminds me a little of Fred Lynn when I was a little kid - and I was upset when they sent him to the Angels)  So, I hope Ellsbury gets a multi year deal from The Sox.  Josh Reddick has also been pretty good this year.  Maybe there isn't a need for Ethier in Boston but if there is I would love to see him here.  He's that good and worth the money.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

If Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth can get what they got, I'm curious to see what Ethier will get in free agency. He is in his prime and was playing great before his injury and he is also highly marketable, which is an added bonus. I wouldn't read too much into his commentary this year. He didn't say anything that seemed to be untrue and when asked about the Dodgers situation by reporters, he was just being honest, not malicious. To deny that it was affecting the team would be ignoring the elephant in the room and if he knew his injury was limiting his performance and still played through it, I give him points for toughing it out rather than holding it against him for publicly discussing internal team affairs. If you add everything together, you get the opposite of J.D. Drew-- a marketable, enthusiastic player willing to play through pain-- in other words, the perfect replacement for Drew in right field. J.D. and his horrible contract are finally coming off the books and the Ethier-Boston rumors have already begun. The one thing that may hold up an Ethier to Boston deal is Jacoby Ellsbury's advancement from very good player to excellent and potentially great player. Pretty soon, Ellsbury will reach free agency as well and investing a huge amount in Ethier would make it impossible to have three $100M+ OFs, even for Boston. Ellsbury has already developed (healthy) Ethier-like power and an aptitude for clutch hits, he is a much better defensive player, among the fastest players in the game and is also slightly younger than Ethier. Add it all up with the Crawford and Lackey contracts already making it tougher to re-sign Ellsbury in the future and it seems unlikely that Ethier will end up in Boston but someone is definitely going to fall all over themselves trying to sign Ethier.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

292 doesn't make it as a contact singles and doubles hitter with no power and not driving in runs.
Kind of hard to drive in runs when nobody is on base in front of you.  Other than Kemp, who was regularly on base in front of Ethier?  Uribe, Blake, Miles, Carrol, Gwynn, Thames, etc ? 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

I am not sold on not re-signing Ethier -- again, they cannot trade him as he'll be a free agent after the season.  No question that Ethier has not hit lefties well, that must improve and that his HR numbers were down this year.  But there is also no question that the knee needs surgery and a bad knee can certainly effect your power but I like that despite that his average stayed at about career average (.292 to .291 career) and doubles were almost the same as last season (33 to 30 this year).  A healthy knee and you are probably back to a RF hitting .290+ with 20+ HR --with average defense not a world beater but what options to the Dodgers have, especially when you consider the holes at LF and 3B (and probably 2B and 1B that need to be filled)?  Are you going to play Rivera and Sands and 1B and LF and call that an upgrade?  The salary and years have to be right, but I would not rule out resigning Ethier. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Ethier shut down for season

The Dodgers were out of contention after the break...why are they risking Ethier's career for just a few measly months? As for playing for the Red Sox....any team is better than playing for the much-maligned Dodgers. Maybe they can turn it around by getting Mark Cuban to buy the team. 


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