Ethier still wants to remain a Dodger, he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com: "It's still a great organization. But, obviously, a lot of things need to be changed. For the team, for the fans, for what the place should be. I definitely want to be here. We were going in a great direction before the divorce [of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt]. I can't say an ownership change is warranted. Everyone knows things aren't right, we definitely agree on that. How do you make it better?"
Ben Bolch of the LA Times had a reaction to Ethier's comments from manager Don Mattingly: "[Ethier] basically tells me that he's never told us that he can't play. I said, 'The way I read it, it makes it sound like you came out and told us you can't play and we're saying, "Screw him, we don't care. You're playing.'"
General manager Ned Colletti spoke with Ethier's agent Nez Balelo about Ethier's knee as soon as two weeks ago when the Dodgers were in Milwaukee, wrote Tony Jackson of ESPN LA, but it was determined that it was something Ethier could still play through. "My impression was that it was something that would have to be looked at, but it wasn't something that had to be taken care of right now," Colletti said.
Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts thinks The Code is broken, noting, "It's a weird game of chicken where each party puts the burden on the other to determine when to sit an injured player, and all it does is kick the can down the road until the problem is worse. And the team isn't much better in the interim."
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