Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache will perform the cleanup procedure, which is expected to remove loose bodies behind the kneecap that get caught in the joint. The resulting pain is believed to be at the root of Ethier's lack of power this year. ElAttrache concurred with Drs. James Andrews and Richard Steadman on the course of action.
Ethier said he will have pre-op Monday, be home for his son's birthday Tuesday, then have the surgery Wednesday and remain in Los Angeles for a week to begin rehabilitation before heading to his home in Arizona, where he will continue rehab with former Dodgers physical therapist Sue Falsone.
"It doesn't sound like it's major," said manager Don Mattingly. "This will give him the most time to have a normal offseason as far as training."
Ethier, shut down last week, is expected to be ready for Spring Training next year. He finished the season batting .292 with 11 homers, a team-high 30 doubles and 62 RBIs in 135 games and is eligible for his last season of arbitration, with free agency a year away.