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.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.