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Dodgers News: Andre Ethier Doesn’t Feel Suited For Center Field

Andre Ethier
Andre Ethier has made his presence felt in just two days at Los Angeles Dodgers camp.

Ethier reported early and immediately reiterated his comments from earlier this offseason in regards to playing time. The former All-Star expects to start in 2015, even if it’s not with the Dodgers. In the outfield, the trade of Matt Kemp was partially offset by the addition of Chris Heisey and the emergence of rookie Joc Pederson, leaving the Dodgers with the same dilemma as 2014.

Although he wants to start, there’s one spot that Ethier doesn’t believe he should be in via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:

Ethier began his career as mostly a left fielder before transitioning to right field after a couple of years. In 2013, the Dodgers needed someone to play center field and Ethier was plugged in. He did admirably in the new role, but last season Ethier began losing playing time once Kemp was healthy and Yasiel Puig took over center field.

Now, the Dodgers are expected to start Pederson in center field, with Puig in right and Carl Crawford in left. However, that could change this spring depending on who does well and what manager Don Mattingly sees.

Ethier did say that he will have to work for his job this season:

Once spring games start next week, the picture will become clearer as to who will play where.

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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.


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