Andre Ethier backs off the “the Dodgers are making me play hurt” stuff

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On Saturday Andre Ethier was quoted as complaining about the Dodgers putting him in the lineup despite his injuries. His quote in the T.J. Simers column: “… as the season goes on my body wears down. That’s just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to do?”

Before yesterday’s game, however, he had a somewhat different take on things:

“It’s always been my choice to keep playing and keep going. They’ve never said, ‘We don’t think you can or you can’t play.’ It’s always been they’ve said, ‘Hey, you’ve obviously put up with this and it’s at your discretion.'”

Well I guess that’s all settled then.  In other news, the political candidate has always been clear and consistent about Issue X, that band that was awesome 15 years ago is confident that their latest album is the best thing they’ve ever done and that celebrity couple’s breakup was “amicable” and they remain the best of friends.

Padres reportedly interested in J.T. Realmuto

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LAS VEGAS — Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres have “genuine interest” in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets have been the most frequently mentioned suitor for Realmuto’s services, but over the weekend a report emerged that that their talks with Miami had lost some momentum, so perhaps that creates an opening for some other teams. For their part, the Padres have a loaded farm system which may interest the Marlins a great deal, even if they’ve publicly said they want major league talent for their best player. San Diego’s interest in Realmuto is obviously, of course. He’s probably the best catcher in the game at the moment. If, as some suspect, the Padres are poised to turn the corner into competitiveness in 2019, Realmuto could play a key role in that.

Realmuto, who will be 28 on Opening Day, hit .277/.340/.484 with 21 homers last year, which earned him both All-Star and Silver Slugger honors. He’s also one of the best defensive catchers in the game. It’d take a haul of talent to get him, but he is easily the most appealing position player on the trading block this offseason.