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... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said an hour or so before removing Ethier from the lineup that Ethier believes the issue might have started during a series more than two weeks ago against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"We're keeping an eye on it," Mattingly said. ...
Mattingly said before the game that even with the hitting streak on the line, he would have no hesitation to use Ethier as a pinch hitter in a key situation on a day when he wasn't in the starting lineup.
"No, because we're trying to win a ballgame," Mattingly said.
... Mattingly said no determination will be made on whether to place Broxton on the 15-day disabled list until the results of that exam are known.For all the talk about Broxton's mental makeup, his biggest brain cramp will have been if he has been keeping his soreness a secret.
Broxton, who apparently already had left Dodger Stadium to undergo the exam, wasn't available for comment.
"He came in today complaining about some stuff," said Mattingly, who wasn't sure how long Broxton had been experiencing discomfort. "I told him it was honorable that he wanted to pitch through that, but that in the end, it doesn't do him any good. It's not fair to him, and it's really not fair to anybody else either."
Broxton won't pitch until after the MRI, and Vicente Padilla will be the team's first-choice closer for now. ...
"[Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] and I were looking at tape," Mattingly said. "The way the ball was coming out, we felt like something was wrong. We were going to bring him in this morning, but [trainer] Stan [Conte] came in and said Brox came in talking about pain. Brox actually came in with him and told us what was going on.'' ...
Mattingly said that if Broxton goes on the DL, the team likely will recall reliever Kenley Jansen, who was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga on Sunday.
Mattingly said one of the immediate issues was to find an MRI tube large enough for Broxton to get his 300-pound frame into.
"I'm serious," said Mattingly.