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Good news for Ethier, bad news for Elbert

May 29, 2010 |  7:09 pm

Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch Saturday, the last thing the Dodgers wanted to see happen to their most valuable player this season as he completed a two-game rehabilitation assignment. But Ethier was fine, and he got five plate appearances for triple-A Albuquerque. In addition to the hit by pitch, he had two singles, a sacrifice fly and reached base on an error.

Ethier is expected to rejoin the Dodgers on Monday.

The news was not at all good for Scott Elbert, the former first-round draft pick making his first appearance for the Dodgers this season. Elbert relieved Hiroki Kuroda in the fifth inning of the Dodgers' game against the Colorado Rockies, but he did not survive the inning. He faced six batters, walking three and giving up one hit.

The Dodgers are expected to return Elbert and outfielder Xavier Paul to the minor leagues next week, in order to activate Ethier and pitcher Charlie Haeger.

-- Bill Shaikin in Denver