A CT scan of Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier's right leg revealed a fractured tibia, which will sideline him for 10 to 14 weeks. Ethier passed an initial X-ray after fouling a ball off his shin Friday. But he could not put weight on his leg, and required an additional examination. "Obviously, it was a freakish injury," President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said. The Dodgers planned to use Ethier prominently this season.
That translates to an 85-win pace over the course of the season, which is below the team's expectations for 2016. But the team went 4-3 last week against a pair of competent teams, the Mets and the Cardinals, and the schedule calls for seven this week against the Angels and the Padres. As always, there is plenty to discuss. As always, you can send me questions on Twitter @McCulloughTimes. The Dodgers had a decent week.
That translates to an 83-win pace for the season, but the team can at least take solace in this: This week was much better than the last. Still recovering from that six-game losing skid at Dodger Stadium, the team split a two-game set with Tampa Bay before grinding out a series victory in Toronto over the weekend. Hey, it could be worse. The Blue Jays bludgeon teams with their bats, and the Dodgers held them to nine runs in three games. But the bullpen is still questionable, and the offense has yet to find a rhythm.
Idle since the first week of the season due to soreness in his lower back, Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke took batting practice Sunday afternoon and could be ready to start a rehabilitation assignment later this week. Manager Dave Roberts sounded upbeat about Van Slyke's progress. Last week, he indicated Van Slyke would still require two more weeks of recovery before he could play in games. Now his timetable has accelerated. "He's moving around really well," Roberts said before Sunday night's series finale against St. Louis.