Andre Ethier set for knee surgery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier will, as expected, undergo arthroscopic surgery to relieve soreness in his right knee after Drs. Neal ElAttrache, James Andrews and Richard Steadman all agreed on the need for such a procedure. However, if a date has been set for the operation to take place, no one is revealing it.

"I have nothing to say," Ethier said when he arrived in the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park on Saturday, put on a uniform and took the field for batting practice despite the fact he won't play again this season.

Meanwhile, Dodgers medical-services director Stan Conte said Ethier had instructed him not to reveal any further details about Ethier's treatment, meaning manager Don Mattingly is the only source for information for the time being.

"It's just a matter of the timing of (the surgery)," Mattingly said. "It sounds to me like that is still up in the air."

Ethier left the team in Washington last week and flew to Birmingham, Ala., for a consultation with Andrews, then flew back to Los Angeles. His exact reason for then coming to the Bay Area to join the club isn't exactly clear.

"I am kind of happy he came back," Mattingly said. "He had his choice. ... I am assuming he just wanted to be here. I am glad to see he wanted to come and be with the boys."

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.