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Andre Ethier sent for bone scan on right leg

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers sent outfielder Andre Ethier for a bone scan of his right leg, trying to find out a reason why he hasn't improved three days after fouling a ball off his right shin. Results of the bone scan weren't available as of Monday night.

Manager Dave Roberts didn't sound optimistic after Monday's game.

"He's not feeling well and not responding," Roberts said. "Just the way he was moving around so gingerly and not being able to bear weight."

Ethier fouled a ball directly off his right shin bone in Friday's game against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, and left the game after four innings. Initial X-rays showed no broken bone.

On Saturday, Ethier showed up to the clubhouse on crutches but expected only to miss two to three days. The problem was, Ethier didn't improve any over the last two days and was still on crutches on Monday. That's when the Dodgers sent him to get the more invasive bone scan.

"After a contusion, even if it hits you pretty good you should still feel less discomfort and he's just not there yet," Roberts said. "Sometimes X-rays don't tell the whole story, so that's why we wanted to get a bone scan.

"Either the X-rays hold true or there is a fracture."

The Dodgers relied heavily on Ethier in 2015 against right-handed pitching. He hit .306/.383/.517 against righties last year, and started 105 of 118 games against right-handed starting pitchers.

The injury to Ethier is the latest test to the Dodgers' depth this spring. On the position player side, most of the maladies have been short-term so far this spring, from the groin of Howie Kendrick, the right knee of Alex Guerrero, the surgically-repaired right knee of Justin Turner, the left knee of Corey Seager, the forearms of Yasmani Grandal or the  hip flexor of Scott Van Slyke.

But they are starting to pile up, much to the frustration of Roberts.

"The season is around the corner. We have to start ramping up, getting ready to play a major league season," Roberts said. "When we get these nicks, health is most important but there's a point where we've got to get ready to play and perform."