Saturday, May 29, 2010
Ethier has two hits in rehab game
By Tony Jackson
DENVER -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier had two hits in three at-bats for Triple-A Albuquerque at Memphis on Saturday night in what is expected to be the final game of his minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Ethier is scheduled to take Sunday off, then be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Monday night's game with Arizona.
Taking advantage of the Isotopes scoring 16 runs, Ethier came to the plate five times in the first six innings before giving way to a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Ethier hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning off St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Ryan Kulik. Ethier then reached on an error in the third and was hit by a pitch from Kulik in the fourth, resulting in Kulik being pulled from the game.
Ethier had singles in each of his next two at-bats.
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 pinkie on his right hand. He was leading the National League in all three Triple Crown categories at the time but has since lost his lead in home runs and RBIs and no longer has enough plate appearances (3.1 per game played by the team) to qualify for a spot among the batting leaders.
Ethier also played six innings in right field.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.