Thursday, June 27, 2013
Andre Ethier moves to left field
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier is in his eighth major-league season. Two years ago, he won a Gold Glove.
Yet Ethier has taken it in stride when the Dodgers switched his position twice in a month. Ethier moved to center field after Matt Kemp injured his hamstring at the end of May and now he is being moved to left field to get Yasiel Puig's strong right arm back where it belongs, in right field.
"I just want to be in the lineup. I'll get in where I fit in," Ethier said.
The previous two games, Ethier had played right and Puig moved to left, but that was just to give Ethier time to adjust, manager Don Mattingly said. Until Carl Crawford comes back, probably in a couple of weeks, Ethier will be the Dodgers' left fielder. He played there in 2006 and 2007 when the Dodgers still had J.D. Drew.
"I think Dre's showing us true versatility," Mattingly said.
That could come in handy when Crawford returns, because Ethier figures to play all over the outfield as the fourth guy, coming off the bench.
It pained him to do so, but Mattingly wrote out his lineup card without his hottest hitter in it. Hanley Ramirez is batting .485 during his nine-game hitting streak, but he's not playing tonight after playing nine games in eight days shortly after coming off the disabled list because of a strained hamstring.
It's a precautionary day off and Ramirez is available for late-inning duty.
Here are the lineups for Thursday's game, with the Dodgers trying to win their sixth straight:
1. Ben Revere CF
2. Chase Utley 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins SS
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Domonic Brown LF
6. Delmon Young RF
7. Kevin Frandsen 3B
8. Humberto Quintero C
9. Jonathan Pettibone RHP
1. Skip Schumaker 2B
2. Yasiel Puig RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Andre Ethier LF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. Nick Punto SS
9. Zack Greinke RHP