Andre Ethier has fracture in right pinkie finger

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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.

Report: Yankees J.A. Happ, closing in on a three-year deal

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UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.

10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.

Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.