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Dodgers scratch Andre Ethier against Padres due to illness

July 27, 2010 |  6:49 pm
Andre Ethier was a late scratch from the Dodgers’ lineup before Monday’s opener in San Diego because of illness.

There was no other word about what had Ethier ailing, though he was seen before the game talking to Times columnist T.J. Simers.

Read into that what you will.

Xavier Paul replaced Ethier in right, moving over from left. Garret Anderson started in left, taking Ethier's spot in the lineup. With Manny Ramirez and Reed Johnson on the disabled list, the Dodgers have no other true outfielder available.

Utility infielder Jamey Carroll had to sub in left field during the Dodgers just-completed homestand.

Ethier was in a 1-for-29 skid until doubling on Sunday against the Mets.

-- Steve Dilbeck