SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier moved another step closer to right knee surgery Friday when Alabama orthopedist James Andrews agreed with the original diagnosis that Ethier needs a relatively minor cleanup procedure.
No decision will be made, however, until a third opinion arrives from Vail knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman, who has yet to review Ethier's records.
Team athletic trainer Stan Conte said he expects team doctor Neal ElAttrache to perform the arthroscopic procedure to smooth the underside of Ethier's kneecap and remove loose bodies, probably within the next two weeks.
"I would expect an eight-week rehab and then he can be back to his normal offseason program," said Conte.
Ethier was examined by Andrews in Birmingham on Friday and was headed back to Los Angeles. He would likely rehab the injury under the direction of former Dodgers physical therapist Sue Falsone in Arizona, where Ethier makes his winter home.
Ethier has said he believes the injury occurred when he hyperextended the knee during Spring Training of 2010 and he's played with it for two seasons.