Ethier sits out despite being in lineup

Ethier sits out despite being in lineup

Ethier sits out despite being in lineup
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was a late scratch from Wednesday's game against Seattle because he misread the lineup card in the clubhouse and was lifting weights when he should have been stretching on the field.

As a result, manager Don Mattingly said, Ethier was scratched and replaced in right field by Gabe Kapler.

"I don't know what happened. He didn't read the card," said Mattingly. "I had talked to him about playing three in a row and it was set up, but in his mind he was off and in the weight room and I didn't want to take the chance of running him out there without stretching.

"It's not a big deal at all. Obviously, it's a misunderstanding. I know he wouldn't do it on purpose."

While Ethier was out of the lineup, James Loney returned after missing four games with a swollen left knee and Jamey Carroll played in his first game since bruising a right index finger Saturday.

Hong-Chih Kuo made his first appearance of the spring, allowing a solo homer to Jack Wilson but otherwise appearing sharp in one inning. Kuo allowed only one home run in 60 innings during the regular season last year.

"He wanted to go back out there for a second inning, he said he's got another one in there," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. "I said I was glad he felt good, but he's not going back out there."

The Dodgers have brought Kuo around slowly this spring to preserve his delicate left elbow and it seems to be working, because he hasn't had any tenderness. The program will continue, as Kuo will throw a bullpen session in two days before another appearances two days after that.