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Andre Ethier has a fractured right tibia, expected to miss 10-14 weeks

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier fouled a ball off of his leg during a Cactus League game on Friday. He underwent a bone scan on Monday, which revealed that he suffered a fractured right tibia, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Ethier is expected to miss 10-14 weeks as a result.

This is a huge blow for the Dodgers, as Ethier is coming off of a stellar 2015 campaign in which he hit .294/.366/.496 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 445 plate appearances. And it’s yet another injury for the Dodgers, who will open the season without Frankie Montas, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Brett Anderson.

Ethier was expected to face mostly right-handed pitching. With him out of the picture, Carl Crawford is in line for increased playing time in left field. The Dodgers also limited Crawford’s exposure to lefties last season, as he racked up 163 plate appearances against right-handers and only 30 versus southpaws.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.