Andre Ethier, who has been the subject of trade rumors for multiple seasons because of his gaudy contract, will miss 10 to 14 weeks because of a broken leg, according to multiple media reports. The Dodgers outfielder will not have surgery.
Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson are expected to share time in left field during Ethier’s absence. Joc Pederson and Yasial Puig are entrenched in center field and right field respectively.
Ethier, who will be 34 on April 10, was once once of the game’s top young outfielders from 2006 to 2012. Over the last three seasons, he has seen a reduction of playing time. After two lackluster seasons, Ethier did rebound to hit .294 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI with a .852 OPS in 445 plate appearances last year. Over 10 Major League seasons, he has a .286 average, a .823 OPS and 159 home runs.
Originally drafted by the Oakland A’s in the second round out of Arizona State in 2003, Ethier was part of the December 2005 trade that sent him to LA for the combustible Milton Bradley and infielder Antonio Perez. Ethier is owed $18 million this year and $17.5 million in 2017 before facing a $17.5 million vesting option or a $2.5 million buyout.