Andre Ethier Looks DL Bound, Javy Guerra Rehabs, Matt Kemp & Mark Ellis Improving

Andre Ethier injured his left oblique yesterday, in what can only amount to a “It seriously can’t get any worse now, can it?” moment for Dodgers fans.

The Dodgers will await the results of the MRI exam for Andre Ethier, which he will take on Thursday morning. But it seems clear that Ethier, who injured his left oblique on a check swing in the first inning and then left once the inning ended, could be headed for the disabled list.

As noted by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, “The Dodgers say he’s day to day, but manager Don Mattingly said when he hears ‘oblique,’ he prepares for 20 days.”

Given that the Dodgers have already experienced the consequences of rushing players back from injury, it seems likely that he’ll be on the disabled list if they think it’s serious enough to get an MRI.

At this point, I’m just hoping it’s less than a month.

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In positive injury news, Javy Guerra, Matt Kemp, and Mark Ellis are making progress.

Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra, who underwent right knee surgery June 5, could be headed out for a Minor League rehab assignment as early as next week.

Guerra had another bullpen session Tuesday, followed by pitchers’ fielding practice, and manager Don Mattingly said Guerra will either have back-to-back bullpen sessions Thursday and Friday or even face hitters.

In other health news, Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis continued recoveries from leg injuries. Neither has any soreness and Ellis has begun making cuts around the bases, which has been his biggest issue lately.

They also could be a week away from Minor League rehab assignments.

Perhaps the most important update is that of Kemp, because he was feeling soreness last time I updated his status, but he seems to be on track now.

All three would be extremely welcome additions to what is now close to a last place team in terms of roster talent.

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