LF - FA
Andre Ethier will be shut down for at least one week after an MRI revealed a mild disc herniation, according to manager Dave Roberts. Ethier was batting a stellar .500/.684/.833 in limited playing time this spring and was set to open the season as the strong side of the Dodgers' left field platoon after missing most of 2016 with a fractured shin.
Although not much of an option in standard leagues, Ethier should provide sneaky value in deep leagues this year if he can ever stay consistently healthy. Over the course of his 11-year career, Ethier has mashed righties to the tune of .303/.382/.506 in over 4,000 plate appearances, including .306/.383/.517 in 397 plate appearances as recently as 2015 (his age-33 season). If Ethier begins the season on the disabled list, it will open the door for a pair of fantasy-interesting youngsters (Andrew Toles and Trayce Thompson) to compete for the majority of playing time in left field -- though neither is likely to play enough to be reliable in standard leagues.
The Dodgers hope to get veteran OF Andre Ethier back by early August. He's been sidelined since the spring by a leg injury.
The Dodgers should be getting several veteran players back for the second half, Ethier included. His role with the team will be determined once he returns, as they have several options in the OF.
Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his right leg, an injury that will sideline him for the next 10-to-14 weeks.
It's a tough blow for Ethier, but the good news for the Dodgers is that this is an area of depth for the team. Veteran Carl Crawford will likely see most of the time in LF in Ethier's absence.
The Dodgers have expressed their concern over Andre Ethier's leg injury. He recently underwent a bone scan which will reveal more on the ailment Tuesday.
Ethier still isn't able to bear weight on his injured leg. Over the weekend Ethier was still expected to be ready for Opening Day, but that doesn't seem to be a given at this point. Those considering Ethier will want to monitor the results of the bone scan. Carl Crawford would replace Ethier if he's forced to miss time due to the injury.
The White Sox have reportedly explored a trade for Dodgers OF Andre Ethier.
The White Sox currently project a starting OF of Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia. Ethier could either be considered as a starter or platoon player with Garcia. The Dodgers have more than a few OFs to spare, and they've reportedly been entertaining trade offers for Ethier over the past few seasons. If Ethier would be dealt, his new role would help determine his value. He would see a boost in home park moving from LA to Chicago.