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Ethier to start rehab in Memphis

Ethier to start rehab in Memphis

CHICAGO -- Disabled outfielder Andre Ethier will begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque in Memphis on Friday night, manager Joe Torre said on Thursday, with Ethier's return to the Dodgers targeted for early next week.

"He'll play there Friday and Saturday, maybe take Sunday off and be available in the early part of the week," Torre said of Ethier, who broke the first knuckle on the little finger of his right hand during batting practice almost two weeks ago.

"It's open if he feels he needs more. We have to make sure we get him back with no hesitation. Whether he goes 0-for-10 or 5-for-10, whatever he feels he can do. He seems to have no issue here taking batting practice outside. When he's finished, it's a little achy, but it didn't hold him back at all. And with the splint, he's in no danger of hurting that spot."