Dodgers’ Ethier ready to bounce back from injury



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers need Andre Ethier to be healthy and productive this year to take some of the offensive burden off of Matt Kemp.

So far, so good. Ethier appears ready to go after surgery on his left knee late last season.

After hitting .311 in the first half and being picked as an All-Star injury replacement, Ethier struggled late. He ended up hitting .292 with 11 homers (tying a career low) and 62 RBIs.

Ethier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $10.95 million contract for this season. He will be a free agent after the season. Ethier, who turns 30 in April, reported to camp Saturday and offered little insight into his contract situation or his future.