Injured Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is healing quickly and could return to action as early as next week.
Ethier (broken finger) took batting practice Tuesday in Chicago and is scheduled to participate in a simulated game Saturday in Denver. MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times speculate that if Ethier does well in the simulated game, he could be activated on Sunday, when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.
"As of right now, there’s no indication why not," Ethier told reporters.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said a Sunday return might be too ambitious, but he sounded encouraged by Ethier’s recovery.
"He’s doing a lot of things we didn’t anticipate this early," Torre told reporters. "We want it to feel normal. The last thing we want is to get him into bad habits. If it’s uncomfortable, you know he’ll have trouble doing it."