Andre Ethier broke a bone in his right pinky finger on Saturday. Such is the consequence of taking extra batting practice.
The Dodgers, currently riding a six-game winning streak, scored four runs in the first game of Andre's absence.
Last year, L.A. lost outfielder Manny Ramirez for 50 games due to his suspension. While the team could have collapsed with Ramirez out, Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp and Either's contributions kept the team afloat.
Los Angeles' 2010 season is up in the air. If the team can play as they have over the last 15 games while the triple-crown leader heals, the Dodgers will be going places.
L.A. has made back to back NLCS appearances, sweeping the competition in both Division Series.
Despite the recent success, Los Angeles is still a maturing, developing team.
Joe Torre's players are being bread for one thing, to win. They are unsatisfied and have something to prove.
This just may be the time to prove it. Championship quality teams know how to win when a man goes down.
With Eithier sidelined, several key players must amplify their game to take the Dodgers to the next level.