Andre Ethier will avoid the disabled list for now

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Here’s some good news for the struggling Dodgers’ offense.

After Andre Ethier left Wednesday’s game with an oblique strain, the assumption was that he would be placed on the disabled list. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday that Ethier is officially listed as day-to-day and will avoid a stint on the DL. For now, anyway.

“Andre had pretty good news. Really good news,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “(Wednesday) I kind of assumed that we were going to be in a DL situation, but really the docs looked at him and didn’t see any swelling. Couldn’t be any better, as far as the news for Andre is concerned.”

Things could obviously change if Ethier fails to make progress in the over the next couple of days, but it sounds like his strain is relatively minor.

Ethier’s hot start put him in position to land his recent five-year, $85 million contract extension, but he’s hitting just .218 (19-for-87) with one home run and a .628 OPS in 25 games this month.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.