"Because it's not healed completely, we really don't have a timetable. It'll be healed at some point, but this season to hope and expect it to be pain-free is something that's maybe too optimistic. Andre wants to be back and he'll do whatever he can to be back."
Ethier was injured fouling a pitch off the tibia while the leg was torquing during a swing in a Spring Training game, resulting in a spiral fracture that is not simple to heal. Originally, it was estimated he'd be sidelined 10 to 14 weeks, but he's been out four months and counting. Before being briefed by the medical department, Roberts suggested Ethier might not return until mid-August.
"The fracture is not completely healed, but it's enough where we feel Andre, to his tolerance, can continue to progress with baseball activity," he said.
Ethier proved his pain tolerance in 2013 when he played on a hairline ankle fracture most of September and through the postseason.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.