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The Los Angeles Dodgers included outfielder Andre Ethier on their roster for their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Braves. However, Ethier was only available to pinch-hit as he continued to struggle with an ankle injury. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters — including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com — that he’s expecting more out of Ethier in the NLCS, which could include the slugger manning center field for the Dodgers. “We feel pretty good that he’s definitely going to be able to do more than he was able to do the last series,” Mattingly said. “We feel like there’s going to be a lot more scenarios where Andre is going to be involved. That’s part of our decision-making process, too. How much can Andre do? How much can we trust him to be able to do? Things like that change who you would keep, who you wouldn’t keep. Everything is still pretty fluid with who is going to be on it.” The Dodgers have been using Skip Schumaker, who’s mostly considered an infielder, in center of late with Matt Kemp out for the remainder of the season. While Ethier isn’t likely to be extremely effective manning center, the Dodgers could consider him to be an upgrade over Schumaker. However they decide to use him, Ethier figures to be much more available for the team’s second-round playoff series. Ethier was seen running down fly balls in the gap Wednesday, according to Gurnick, and he’s looking much improved over his formerly hobbled self. The injury he’s been dealing with is believed to stem from damage to his periosteum, the sheath that covers the bones of the leg. This has resulted in a feeling similar to shin splints in his ankle. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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