Dodgers seek lineup protection for Ethier

Dodgers seek lineup protection for Ethier

OAKLAND -- While the Dodgers continue to look for a starting pitcher, two losses to the A's have been a reminder that they need a run producer too. Someone like Houston's Carlos Lee, perhaps?

Although the Dodgers have precious little to offer in return, Lee is the latest name to surface on the Dodgers radar and that's the kind of bat the Dodgers need, especially with Matt Kemp out of the lineup for another three weeks and Andre Ethier being pitched around.

Manager Don Mattingly said Ethier, who went 0-for-4 in Wednesday night's loss, is dealing with the situation.

"He's really the only true, true threat," said Mattingly. "They're going to stay away from him. All there is to it. As long as he's battling, I have no issues with him.

"I thought right after his first at-bat last night, he crushed the ball to left and it didn't go anywhere. I felt he kind of changed a little bit. But overall, I think he's hung in there. I'm always happy with 'Dre as long as he doesn't give away at-bats."

Although Ethier leads the league in RBIs, he has only one home run in the past month.