Crazy as it sounds, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not the most healthy of teams. Not only have they missed five-tool All-Star Matt Kemp for essentially the entire season, they’ve also missed outfielder Andre Ethier for the last month.
Ethier and the Dodgers are hopeful that will change come Friday night when Los Angeles opens their NLCS play against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers outfielder missed the entire series against the Atlanta Braves though was able to go through practice on Wednesday and looked relatively pain free in the process.
As he did throughout the NL Division Series, Ramirez is expected to be in the starting lineup at shortstop for Game 1 in St. Louis. And Ethier is a good bet to be in center field if he feels as well Friday as he looked Wednesday, turning and sprinting full speed to chase fly balls while the Cardinals-Pirates game was being shown on the video boards.
“It feels good,” Ethier said. “We’ll see where I am tomorrow.”
Barring any setbacks, Ethier should play a very active role in the series, even if he doesn’t get the start in Game 1.