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Ethier sits as Dodgers look to keep stars fresh

Ethier sits as Dodgers look to keep stars fresh

Ethier sits as Dodgers look to keep stars fresh
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier was out of the starting lineup Monday, but manager Don Mattingly said it was simply to give his right fielder a day off.

Lefties are hitting only .136 against Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz, so Mattingly figured it would be a good day to rest Ethier, who said he feels fine. Coming off a day game and with an off-day Thursday, Mattingly said this was the perfect time to give Ethier a breather to keep him fresh down the stretch.

He plans to do the same thing with Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino in the not-so-distant future.

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"I don't want to do it all in one day where everybody is all of a sudden out of the lineup," Mattingly said. "I have to try to do it sporadically with a piece here and a piece there so I can keep the lineup intact."

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