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.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.