Andre Ethier out 10-14 weeks; Mike Bolsinger & Yasmani Grandal hurting

We finally got an update on Andre Ethier’s condition, and it’s not good:

We also got this less specific update on Mike Bolsinger:

Ethier, who had a very good offensive season last year (.294/.366/.486) after the team finally seemed to figure out that he performs best when he doesn’t have to face lefties regularly, was set to play a big role in the Dodgers’ plans in 2016, possibly even serving as the team’s leadoff hitter on occasion.

With Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke (plus super utility man Enrique Hernandez), the Dodgers still have plenty of options for outfield alignments with Ethier out. And folks who were clamoring for Trayce Thompson may just get their wish. But losing Ethier — who, in a small sample size of 29 Cactus League plate appearances, was OPSing 1.169 — is tough.

Then there’s the issue of Bolsinger, who, before straining his abdominal muscle, seemed like the most viable candidate to fill the Dodgers’ fifth starter needs to begin the season. Dave Roberts had this to say about likely candidates for the spot:

Carlos Frias made 13 starts for the Dodgers last year, and has pitched 10 2/3 innings so far this spring, making one start and four relief appearances. Brandon Beachy, who is currently dealing with mild tendinitis, hasn’t looked especially sharp in his seven innings of work this spring. Zach Lee was optioned to minor league camp on Sunday after three starts for the big club.

Finally, there’s this bit of unfortunate news on Yasmani Grandal:

Losing Grandal’s services would, of course, be far from ideal, but as our own Stacie noted, with A.J. Ellis and Austin Barnes, the Dodgers’ catching depth is as good as it’s been in quite some time.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master’s degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in History and a minor in American Studies. She’s an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.