Andre Ethier’s oblique “couldn’t be any better” + Scott Van Slyke up, Ivan De Jesus down

The Dodgers got … positive news on a potentially serious injury? That truly is a shocker.

The Dodgers got some much-needed good news on Thursday, when an MRI on Andre Ethier’s strained left oblique showed no swelling.

The right fielder is listed as day to day and likely will avoid a trip to the disabled list.

“Yesterday I assumed we were going to be in a DL situation,” an optimistic manager Don Mattingly said. “But really the docs looked at it and didn’t see any swelling, so it really couldn’t be any better.”

Ethier, who was hopeful he could be back in a couple days Wednesday night, didn’t hit on Thursday. Test results showed no reason for a platelet-rich plasma injection, and Mattingly said he’s not sure what the approach is going to be in the next few days. However, he remained upbeat and said the news was as good as it could be.

They’ll probably play it safe for a while, but obviously that’s excellent news.

Well, except for Ivan De Jesus, who was optioned for Scott Van Slyke.

In need of an extra outfielder with Andre Ethier day to day with a strained left oblique, the Dodgers recalled Scott Van Slyke and optioned infielder Ivan De Jesus to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jerry Sands must truly be in the shitter.

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