Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch last week. Ethier has suffered a broken right leg that will side-line him for 10-14 weeks.
Last Friday, Ethier was hit on the right shin during spring practice against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Initial X-rays revealed no fracture, but his soreness persisted. He had a CT scan on Tuesday which showed the tibia fracture. The injury won’t require surgery though.
But the fracture will keep him out of action till June. The Dodgers have a couple of options in his absence. Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke are likely replacements for Ethier, according to the UPI Sports.
The injury could also provide an opening day roster spot for Tracy Thompson. Ethier batted .294 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Dodgers last season. The 33-year-old outfielder was slated to be the Dodgers everyday left fielder this season.
Left hander, Brett Anderson, is another player out for a significant period of time. His back injury will keep him out for 3-5 weeks.
“You know what, it’s out of our control, and our guys have done a good job of continuing to get in their work, stay positive and get geared toward the start of the season,” Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said, according to the ESPN. “We’re a talented team. We have a lot of good players. Obviously any injury hurts, and when you look at what we’ve gone through already, it’s frustrating, but we can’t let it distract us.”
The Dodgers are a team to reckon with this season as long their roster is fit and healthy. They will be looking to add reinforcements by the end of July.