Andre Ethier spent the past few days trying to convince the Dodgers and their training staff that he was capable enough of playing through an ankle injury to be an asset in the NLDS and apparently it worked.
Ethier has made the opening-round playoff roster, but will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties after sitting out the past three weeks save for a single one-inning appearance on September 22.
If he’s healthy enough to actually run the bases Ethier is certainly a nice late-inning option off the bench, as even in a down season he hit .272 with 12 homers and a .783 OPS in 142 games. However, with Ethier limited and Matt Kemp out for the playoffs the Dodgers are forced to improvise in center field and are leaning toward going with Skip Schumaker as their primary starter.
Along with Ethier the Dodgers also chose Scott Van Slyke, Chris Capuano, and Dee Gordon for the NLDS roster, leaving off Jerry Hairston, Edinson Volquez, Brandon League, and Carlos Marmol.