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Andre Ethier Injury: Updates on Dodgers OF's Leg and Return

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier remains on the ground during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, March 18, 2016. Ethier left the game after reaching first base on a walk. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier suffered a fractured tibia after fouling a ball off his shin on March 18 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He avoided surgery, but it is uncertain when he will be ready to return. 

Continue for updates. 

Ethier Moved to 60-Day DL

Sunday, April 10

The Dodgers announced that they "have acquired minor league OF James Ramsey and IF-OF Zach Walters from Cleveland. [Ethier] and Josh Ravin moved to 60-day DL."

Ethier Undergoes Additional Testing

Tuesday, March 22

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported Ethier does not need surgery but will be out for 10-14 weeks. 

Per ESPN.com's Doug Padilla, Ethier had an X-ray "immediately" after suffering the injury and it came back negative, leading to him being diagnosed with a contusion. When the pain had yet to subside by Monday, Ethier underwent a bone scan, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Roberts Comments on Ethier's Injury Status

Monday, March 21

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times that Ethier's leg was "not responding" the way they had hoped: "After a contusion, even if it gets you pretty good, you should still feel less discomfort. And he's just not there yet. Sometimes X-rays don't tell the whole story. That's why we wanted to get the scan."

Dodgers Will Miss Ethier's Bat in the Lineup

This was a different offseason for the Dodgers, who didn't spend crazy money in free agency and opted to build around their returning talent and a strong farm system. It's not a bad gamble, but it requires a lot of things to go right. 

The 33-year-old Ethier was one of Los Angeles' best hitters last year, posting an .852 OPS with 14 home runs in 142 games. 

The Dodgers don't boast a deep lineup, so losing Ethier puts more pressure on players like Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson to play up to their potential in order to win their fourth straight National League West title in 2016. 

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