Manager Joe Torre talked to Ethier on Friday night and could see the All-Star was frustrated.
"He's struggling, just struggling," Torre said. "Looks like just he's just fighting it, frustration on top of everything else. He hasn't had any time off, the All-Star Game, the whole thing."
Torre said he was told the other day by coach Jeff Pentland that Ethier's pregame batting work was reaching the same quality before a broken finger put Ethier on the DL in May, when the outfielder was leading the league in batting average, homers and RBIs. Right now, though, Torre said Ethier simply has no patience.
"I don't think it's any secret they're trying to go around him and he's really gotten outside himself where he's lost all his patience at the plate," Torre said. "He's just up there swinging the bat right now."
Ethier's numbers are still strong, with a .302 average, 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in 79 games.