MLB notes: Knee pain likely ends Ethier's season
By QMI Agency
|Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after striking out against the Mets in New York, N.Y., May 7, 2011. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)
Andre Ethier's electrifying season likely ended Thursday when the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was shut down because of lingering pain in his right knee.
Ethier, who had a 30-game hitting streak this year, will visit Dr. James Andrews in Alabama Friday to get the orthopedic surgeon's opinion of the injury.
"It sounds like this is it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think he's going to play again (this season)."
Ethier, who was hitting .292 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI, was declared inactive by the Dodgers before the start of their doubleheader Thursday against the Washington Nationals.
"I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out right now, and figure out a way to get it better where it won't affect me for spring training," Ethier, 29, said.
Rollins in, Utley out
The Philadelphia Phillies activated shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
Rollins, 32, strained his right groin in a game Aug. 21 while fielding a ground ball.
The Phillies also announced that second baseman Chase Utley would see concussion specialist Dr. Rob Franks. Utley was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Atlanta Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty in the sixth inning Wednesday. Utley left the game in the eighth.
A-Rod's new pad
Alex Rodriguez has purchased a house in Miami worth a reported $24 million.
The New York Yankees third baseman is now the proud owner of a sprawling ocean-side estate, with a pool.
Presumably, Aaron Gleeman of HardballTalk writes, it also has a poker room.
The Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their scintillating World Series win over the New York Yankees.
Front and centre will be Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling -- a formidable one-two pitching punch that season. They combined for 47% of Arizona's 92 wins and then shared the 2001 World Series MVP award.
"You had two guys that at that particular time were arguably the two best pitchers in all of baseball," Bob Brenly, then the Diamondbacks manager, told MLB.com. "And they fed off of each other and competed with each other and learned from each other and fought with each other, but it turned out to be an absolutely ideal situation for a first-year manager."
Johnson was 21-6 with a 2.49 earned-run average and 372 strikeouts that season, while Schilling was 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 293 strikeouts.