Andre Ethier may be limited to pinch-hitting duties in the National League division series because of a left ankle injury, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers undecided on whether to include the outfielder on the playoff roster.
Ethier threw and hit but didn't run during Tuesday's workout at Dodger Stadium before the team departed for Atlanta, where they will face the Braves in Game 1 on Thursday.
He hasn't played in the field since Sept. 13 because of an issue similar to shin splints. Ethier said he feels great when he wakes up but as he begins moving around he experiences pain a few inches above his ankle bone.
''We're just trying to figure out a way for me to contribute anyway I can this first series,'' he said. ''We're hoping it's a hitting role right now.''
Ethier was 1 for 8 as a pinch hitter this season, hitting a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Mets on Aug. 14.
''I can hit and throw,'...