Andre Ethier has stated before that he doesn’t appreciate being buried on the Dodgers’ outfield depth chart, and now the 32-year-old is doubling down as spring training opens in Glendale, Arizona.
“I want the opportunity to play every day,” Ethier told ESPN’s Mark Saxon on Tuesday. “I felt like when I get a chance to play every day, I put up the numbers they ask of me. … You’re not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else. I’m not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out.”
Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig are expected to open the 2015 season as the Dodgers’ primary starting outfielders.
Ethier is owed $56 million over the next three years and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018, so pulling off a trade could be tough. He hit just .249/.322/.370 with four home runs in 130 games last season.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”