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Ethier may return in San Francisco

Ethier may return in San Francisco

Ethier may return in San Francisco

SAN DIEGO -- Injured outfielder Andre Ethier might be able to play during the Dodgers' upcoming series in San Francisco, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

"We're hoping, if everything goes good, he's got a chance to play in San Francisco at some point, if everything continues progressing," Mattingly said of Ethier, who turned his left ankle Sept. 3 and hasn't played since Sept. 13.

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Ethier said he's able to hit with his left ankle tightly wrapped.

"Running will be the hard part," said Ethier, who has been trying it on a treadmill for two days.

Saturday night's lineup included Yasiel Puig (hip), Carl Crawford (back), Matt Kemp (hamstring) and Adrian Gonzalez (quad), each having been rested Friday night in a 2-0 loss that didn't help the Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage.

"I'd like to have the home-field advantage, but we'd been at it close to 200 games and I felt, mentally, the guys needed to sit on the bench a day and enjoy that. Now, back to work."

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

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