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Andre Ethier has been one of the steadiest bats in the Dodgers lineups for years now. However, questions still remained about Ethier's health and if he would even finish the season in a Dodger uniform.
With the way Ethier is playing right now, general manager Ned Colletti will not even consider the move. The Dodgers are in contention, and Ethier has been a huge part of that. He boasts a .308 batting average with eight home runs and a team-high 33 RBI.
In Kemp's absence, Ethier will hit in the third or fourth spot of the order. In the team's first game without Kemp on Monday night, he hit fourth behind newly-acquired Bobby Abreu. If the Dodgers want to keep scoring runs, Ethier is going to have to be the man to drive them in.
If Ethier fails to help runners cross the plate, the task will be left to A.J. Ellis, who is in his first season as the Dodgers starting catcher, and James Loney, who has struggled to this point.
If the Dodgers want to keep winning games, the majority of the offensive burden will fall on Ethier's shoulders.