PHOENIX -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was taken for X-rays after fouling a ball off his lower right leg in the fourth inning on Friday against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.
Ethier was batting against Arizona starter Zack Godley in the top of the fourth inning when he fouled a ball off what appeared to be his right shin. Ethier immediately fell to the ground and was slow to get up. He stayed mostly on the ground as trainer Neil Rampe and manager Dave Roberts came to Ethier's aid.
Ethier remained in the game and walked, the was replaced at first base by punch runner Rico Noel.
Andre Ethier can't walk to CF clubhouse. He is being carted across the field.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 18, 2016
Ethier left clubhouse, with trainers, on a golf cart. Was walking gingerly with assistance, after fouling ball off his leg. #Dodgers— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 18, 2016
X-rays on Ethier's leg were negative, and he is day-to-day with a lower leg contusion.
Though he has never started at leadoff in a regular season game in his 10-year career, Ethier batted leadoff on Friday for the second time in three days for the Dodgers, and figures to be in the mix for that spot in the batting order at time during the season.
Ethier was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored on Friday, and this spring has a hit in nine of his 10 games, going 10-for-23 (.435) with a home run, a triple and four walks.