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Andre Ethier likely facing knee surgery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is waiting for a final opinion from Dr. Richard Steadman before going ahead with arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, although that surgery appears to be a foregone conclusion after famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews agreed with Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache after meeting with Ethier at Andrews' Birmingham, Ala., office on Friday.

Dodgers medical-services director Stan Conte said that if the surgery does take place, it likely will be soon.

"If it happens, it will be sooner rather than later," Conte said. "That is simply because we want to give him time to do his normal offseason conditioning program."

Conte said the normal recovery period from such a procedure is about eight weeks, but added it isn't possible to put a timetable on a specific patient's recovery until after the surgery because it depends on what doctors find when the surgery is performed. Conte said the surgery would be performed by ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.