Injury Roll Call: Ethier still hobbled by ankle, Capuano fighting to return, A-Gon hurting

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Andre Ethier has been out of the lineup dealing with an injured ankle.

Manager Don Mattingly said he was hopeful Ethier would be able to work out with the club on the field this weekend in San Diego. Ethier, who continues to use a walking boot when he’s not at the ballpark, said he still feels pain from the injury that has sidelined him since Saturday.

Dre did make a pinch-hitting appearance, but him being able to get on the field and him being ready for playoff baseball are different things.

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Chris Capuano received plasma-rich injections in his injured calf.

On Wednesday, Capuano had a platelet-rich plasma injection, which he said will “marinate” for 48 hours before he tests it.

“We tried to be aggressive, but I felt it again off the mound, so we’ll try this,” Capuano said. “By the end of the season, I hope to be 100 percent and give them the option. I had good results with [a PRP injection] with my calf earlier.”

Basically he’s trying anything right now other than to shut it down, which is probably the only thing that will work for his injury. Understandable, since he wants to contribute to the playoff team, though he figures to be a long-shot.

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Adrian Gonzalez has been dealing with quad discomfort, and the injury forced him to miss a game and leave another one early.

Adrian Gonzalez is out of the starting lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks with discomfort in his quad, the same malady that caused him to leave Tuesday’s game.

“Adrian’s got a little bit of what he called a cramp the other day. He played half a game, then came out of the game last night and was feeling something. So it’s probably more than a cramp,” Mattingly said. “We don’t think it’s major. He’s available to pinch hit, and he says he can play defense.”

Gonzalez left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning, though a larger factor in that decision was the 8-1 lead the Dodgers had at the time. He was also ejected in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game. Gonzalez said Tuesday it was normally not even an injury he would tell Mattingly about.

Mattingly stopped short of even calling it an injury.

“For me it’s more than a cramp, but it’s less than a full blown injury. But it is enough to sit him,” Mattingly said. “Obviously he knows his body.”

Dr. Don Mattingly, always a trustworthy source when it comes to injuries. :o

Adrian should get as much rest as he needs heading into the postseason.

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Hanley Ramirez returned after dealing with a nerve injury in his back, and will be in and out of the lineup down the stretch as the team plans to have him rested but ready for the postseason.

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Carl Crawford returned to the lineup after missing a stretch due to back issues.

If all four outfielders are healthy in October – and it’s a monumental if – Crawford could easily be the odd man out as he’s had a terrible second half (.282/.320/.359/.679, .299 wOBA).

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Edinson Volquez responded well to treatment for a blister on his thumb.

Right-hander Edinson Volquez, who came out of his last start with a thumb blister, was able to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and remains the Dodgers’ probable starter for Friday night’s game against his former team, the Padres.

Volquez said the thumb responded well to treatment and a covering of artificial skin. He said the blister was caused by throwing his two-seam fastball, which he holds unconventionally with his right thumb bent underneath the ball instead of gripping it.

Volquez said he was able to throw all of his pitches in the bullpen session with no discomfort and the protective covering held up. He said the blister tore in his Saturday start. If Volquez had been unavailable Friday, the Dodgers might have called up Matt Magill to make the start.

He made his next start.

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