Andre Ethier has fracture in right pinkie finger


ethier follow through.jpgDylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweeted late Saturday night that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a fracture at the tip of his right pinkie finger.  It’s horrible news, especially when you consider how important Ethier has been for the red-hot 19-17 Dodgers this season.

Ethier, 28, leads the team in home runs (with 11), RBI (38) and OPS (1201).  He’s also sporting a Major League-best .392 batting average through 125 at-bats this season and has tallied 11 game-winning hits since 2008.

The Dodgers have not revealed enough information to give us a clear picture of how the fracture might affect Ethier moving forward.  Many players in the past have been able to fight through tiny breaks and continue slugging.  Then again, others have required surgeries and long stays on the disabled list.  We should all know more once the outfielder is reevaluated Sunday in Los Angeles.

If he is forced the miss time, the Dodgers could call up Xavier Paul, who is doing quite well this season at Triple-A Albuquerque with a .382/.427/.60 batting line in 76 at-bats.  Garret Anderson could also be asked to play more frequently in the outfield.  And same goes for Reed Johnson.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.