Dodgers’ Ethier could return from DL on Sunday

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier could rejoin the lineup as soon as Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ethier was projected to be sidelined up to six weeks by a broken pinkie finger, but his timetable has been advanced because of a splint he can wear while hitting.

Although manager Joe Torre hinted that a Sunday return might be optimistic, the team will make a decision after Ethier faces righthander Vicente Padilla in a simulated game Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ethier, who has experienced no problems in live batting practice, leads the majors with a .392 average and ranks among the National League leaders with 11 homers and 38 RBIs, despite being sidelined since May 14.

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier could rejoin the lineup as soon as Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ethier was projected to be sidelined up to six weeks by a broken pinkie finger, but his timetable has been advanced because of a splint he can wear while hitting.

Although manager Joe Torre hinted that a Sunday return might be optimistic, the team will make a decision after Ethier faces righthander Vicente Padilla in a simulated game Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ethier, who has experienced no problems in live batting practice, leads the majors with a .392 average and ranks among the National League leaders with 11 homers and 38 RBIs, despite being sidelined since May 14.

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