According to multiple reports, Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly will not start center fielder Andre Ethier in today’s Game Two matchup with the Cardinals in St. Louis due to pain in his left ankle. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in the starting lineup, but could be scratched due to sore ribs.
Mattingly offered these remarks about Ramirez’ status for Game Two.
“He’s sore. He’s moving slow. Even though he’s in the lineup, it could be a game-time type thing where it changes.”
Ethier, who hadn’t started a game since September 13 due to a left ankle injury, played in all 13 innings of last night’s NLCS Game One, something Mattingly says wasn’t ideal.
“He’s a little sore. Was sore at end of game. Think he’ll be available by the end of the game, maybe as a double-switch.”
Skip Schumaker, who started all four games of the Division Series against Atlanta, was slotted to play center field and bat seventh in today’s contest.