{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Ethier leaves team for birth of baby

Ethier leaves team for birth of baby

|
DENVER -- Andre Ethier left the Dodgers on Saturday to join his wife, Maggie, for the birth of their first child. He was replaced in the lineup by Juan Pierre for Saturday night's game with the Rockies.

Manager Joe Torre said he hoped Ethier, who lives in Chandler, Ariz., would be gone "a couple days."

"We knew it was going to happen," Torre said. "You just hope everything's fine, everyone's healthy, everything works."

Ethier is the hottest hitter in the game, averaging .595 since Sept. 1, and he leads the club on the season with a .302 average and 20 homers. He was last week's National League co-Player of the Week.

"If we're going to win," Torre said, "we need people to pick up people."

While Ethier was gone, Takashi Saito was activated. Hong-Chih Kuo threw a light bullpen session and reported his fatigued elbow felt good, but Torre said he would try not to use him another day. Kuo has not pitched since Sunday and received a cortisone injection Thursday.

Rafael Furcal's comeback from back surgery continues to be slowed by a tight hamstring, but the club hasn't given up hope that he'll be playing at some point before this season ends.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español