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Andre Ethier leaves game after HBP, X-rays of elbow negative

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier left Tuesday's game against the White Sox after getting hit by a pitch in the right elbow in the second inning. But X-rays were negative, and the outfielder is expected to be ready and available to play on Thursday night in the Freeway Series against the Angels in Anaheim.

Ethier was hit by a pitch by Chicago starter Carlos Rodon in the second inning, and immediately crumpled to the ground. After brief examination by trainer Greg Harrel and manager Don Mattingly, Ethier was removed from the game.

Chris Heisey took over in center field for Ethier and later homered in the fifth inning.

Ethier was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which were negative. The outfielder is expected to be sore for a few days, but should be fine to play during the weekend Freeway Series in Anaheim and Los Angeles. Ethier is not on the travel roster for the Dodgers to Surprise on Wednesday, likely one of several players who will get an early start on their way back to Los Angeles.

In 19 Cactus League games this season, Ethier hit .313/.400/.458 with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBI.