If that clock starts ticking any louder for Andre Ethier, he’ll have a hearing problem to go along with his sore left ankle.
As it is, Ethier remained out of the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday in San Francisco and the concern has to be growing whether he will get enough Playing time to be sharp for the playoffs.
Ethier has not started the past nine games, since aggravating a sore foot that the Dodgers liken to shin splints on the outside of the ankle.
Ethier did pinch-hit Sunday in San Diego, but landed awkwardly after missing on one swing and then struck out.
The Dodgers had hoped he would be able to start the three-game series opener against the Giants, but apparently his pregame running of the bases did not go well. The Times' Dylan Hernandez said Ethier appeared tentative running the bases and stopped after one sprint.
After Tuesday, the Dodgers have only five regular-season games remaining before they enter the playoffs.
Ethier said he still hopes to start Wednesday.
Outside of Ethier, Don Mattingly went with his regulars in Tuesday’s lineup: Yasiel Puig RF, Carl Crawford LF, Hanley Ramirez SS, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Matt Kemp CF, Juan Uribe 3B, A.J. Ellis C, Mark Ellis 2B and Hyun-Jin Ryu P.