What happened to Andre Ethier's power? T.J. Simers has a theory. From "Dodgers' treatment of Andre Ethier is baffling" at the LA Times:
Ask Ethier if he should still be playing on a right knee that will require off-season surgery, and he says, "If you're expecting me to do what I've done in the past, no, there's no possible way I can do that right now. You can say tough it out and give it your best shot, but it's not going to happen.
"It's only going to get worse from this point. I've dealt with it all season long, but as the season goes on my body wears down. That's just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to do?"
The Dodgers played all season without a left fielder, so why not make a change in right, shut down Ethier and wheel him into the operating room?
"A million-dollar question," Ethier says before catching himself. "But I think there is a value in finishing anything you start." [...]
"What am I supposed to be concerned about?" General Manager Ned Colletti says. "That he has those numbers [since the All-Star break], that he's hurt or contends he's hurt?"
Contends he's hurt?
Even accounting for Simers' penchant for needless provocation, the mistrust and lack of communication on this issue is pretty depressing. Is Ethier trying to play his way into a trade? Is Colletti positioning himself for arbitration? Can't we just act like professionals here?