Touch 'Em All: Knee injury ends Ethier's season

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier is congratulated by first base coach Davey Lopes (15) after hitting a two-run single against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis )
Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier is congratulated by first base coach Davey Lopes (15) after hitting a two-run single against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis ) (John Amis)
Posted: September 09, 2011

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier's terrific 2011 season - which saw him put together a 30-game hitting streak - is over, shutting down one of the few highlights of Los Angeles' woeful season.

The 29-year-old slugger has been hampered by an injury in his right knee, the team announced before the start of Thursday's doubleheader with the Washington Nationals.

"I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out right now and figure out a way to get it better where it won't affect me for spring training," said Ethier, who finished the season with a .292 average, 11 home runs, and 62 RBIs.

Ethier's 30-game hitting streak - the second-longest in Dodgers history - was one of the few bright spots for a team that filed for bankruptcy, had to endure the shenanigans of team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt's divorce, and was never in contention in the so-so NL West.

Things may be looking up, however. Last week, Frank McCourt was offered an eye-popping $1.2 billion to sell the team to a group indirectly financed by the Chinese government.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke. The offer was unsolicited, according to a person who had spoken with McCourt's representatives but was not authorized to discuss the conversation.

Morgan being Tony Plush

Our favorite whack job, Nyjer Morgan, is at it again. The Brewers centerfielder was at the center of a bench-clearing brawl during Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. That may have repercussions for the colorful ballplayer, who has a history of wearing out his welcome.

The whole matter began when Morgan, facing Chris Carpenter, stuck out on 10 pitches in the ninth inning. Rather than returning to the bench, Morgan shouted at Carpenter, reached into his mouth to get at his chewing tobacco, and then threw the wad in Carpenter's direction. At that point, both benches ran - slowly - on to the field with slugger Albert Pujols leading the way.

As is typical in these cases, there was a lot of standing around and jawing, and very little else.

Morgan was ejected, and was still seething after the game. Taking on his Tony Plush persona, he tweeted (on his official Twitter feed, @theRealTPlush): "Alberta couldn't see Plush if she had her gloves on!!! Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She never been n tha ring!!!"

Morgan, in his Nyjer Morgan persona, said Carpenter (who was on his way to a 2-0 shutout) started the whole thing by yelling a two-word curse from the mound.

"They're not going to see that," Morgan said of the umpiring crew. "They're going to see what I said."

     

- Staff and wire reports

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