Ethier looking to find his early-season form

Ethier looking to find his early-season form

LOS ANGELES -- Through the first two months of the season, Andre Ethier was one of the top run producers in all of baseball. When the calendar turned to to June, he was one among the lead leaders in RBIs with 44 and home runs with nine.

That is far from the case over the past couple of months. Ethier has recorded just 17 RBIs and one home run in 140 at-bats since hitting a grand slam in the second inning against the Mariners on June 10.

He had a short stint on the disabled list at the end of June because of a strained left oblique, but otherwise he has been the team's everyday right fielder. His only home run since returning from the DL came in his second game back on July 14.

Despite being out of the lineup on Tuesday, Ethier said he was fine and he said the same thing when he had a rare two-RBI day on Sunday against the Cubs.

Manager Don Mattingly said he isn't worried, since he is most concerned with Ethier being a tough out in the middle of the order and using the entire field. However, Ethier is hitting .158 so far in August (3-for-19 with no runs and two RBIs).

"To me, it's a matter of Dre getting good pitches to hit and just hitting," Mattingly said.