SAN DIEGO Of the countless questions the Dodgers faced heading into spring training, the most important pertained to outfielder Andre Ethier.
Specifically: Would he recover from the knee injury that drained him of his power last season?
The 18 spring-training games Ethier played in Arizona answered the question.
"A month of running on it, swinging on it, staying on my legs, up to this point I haven't had an issue," Ethier said.
He batted .396 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in. Of his 19 hits, 15 were for extra bases. Most important, Ethier performed free of pain.
There are no guarantees in baseball, but the Dodgers head into their season opener Thursday in San Diego reasonably certain that they have three All-Star-caliber players Ethier, center fielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Beyond that, well
When the Dodgers broke camp in Arizona, Manager Don Mattingly offered a candid assessment of his club, acknowledging numerous questions remain.