This one hurt just for the fact that everyone loves Ethier. Ethier has played his whole big league career with the Dodgers and is a fan favorite. After missing almost the entire season last year, Dodger fans were excited to see him make a comeback. By the way, he was playing, it looked like he was ready for his comeback a long time ago.
Once he broke into Spring Training he went on a tear. He was posting great numbers with his bat, drawing plenty of walks, and also running the bases like he was in his 20’s again. It was a lot of fun to see the Ethier that we all fell in love with.
Unfortunately, things took a turn when Ethier hurt his back and he hasn’t played since. Roberts again doesn’t think that this injury is serious, but the same was also said about Kershaw last season when he eventually missed 10 weeks. Ethier’s injury may be a more mild version of Kershaw’s, but Ethier also has age going against him. Having a veteran like Ethier back in the lineup could help take some of the pressure to produce off the younger players like Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.
Ethier won’t be playing on Opening Day and may not even be an option for the first week or so. All of us are hoping for the best with Ethier. At the same time, any sports fan knows with age comes injury liability but hopefully, this will be the last of Ethier’s for some time so we can enjoy watching him play the game again.