Friday, May 28, 2010
Ethier plays 7 innings in rehab game
By Tony Jackson
DENVER -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier played seven innings in right field and came to the plate four times for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday night at Memphis, the first of what are expected to be two minor league rehabilitation games for Ethier before he presumably is activated Monday.
Ethier has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18 and hadn't played in a game since May 14 because of a tiny fracture in the first knuckle of the little finger on his right hand.
Ethier went 1 for 2 with two walks at the plate.
Batting second and playing right field -- there was no designated hitter in effect because both teams are affiliated with National League clubs -- Ethier fielded several groundball singles but didn't have a fly ball hit his way.
Ethier came to the plate in the first inning against St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Oneli Perez and worked a nine-pitch walk. Then, in the second inning, he got ahead 3-and-0, fouled off a pitch from Perez and then singled to left field.
Ethier worked Perez for a five-pitch walk in the fourth inning, then grounded to third on a 2-2 pitch against Andrew Brown in the sixth.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.