SAN FRANCISCO — Andre Ethier isn’t expected to play again during the regular season, Manager Don Mattingly said Thursday.
“That doesn’t mean we’re still not moving forward,” Mattingly said.
And it doesn’t mean Ethier will miss the playoffs. The Dodgers are scheduled to open play in the National League division series next Thursday.
Ethier, who is recovering from shin splints on his left leg, won’t be cleared to play until he can run the bases.
Mattingly said the Dodgers will wait as long as possible to have Ethier test his leg on the basepaths. That could be after the Dodgers’ regular-season finale Sunday.
In the meantime, the Dodgers are planning to set up simulated games for Ethier over the next few days. Mattingly hopes that will be enough to keep Ethier sharp at the plate.
“We’re going to figure out a way to get him some ABs and stuff like that,” Mattingly said.