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Hobbled Andre Ethier says foul ball gave him a 'dead leg'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier didn't break a bone in his right leg, it just looked as if he did Saturday.

Using crutches to support some of his weight, Ethier arrived in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse still sporting a pronounced limp a day after taking a vicious foul ball off his right shin bone. X-rays after Friday's game did not reveal a fracture and the veteran was listed day-to-day. Saturday will clearly not be one of those days.

"I squared myself up pretty good right there," Ethier said. "I wasn't sure if it hit off the ground before it hit my leg or not, and then someone watching the replay said I direct-lined it. It's just one of those plays that happen. My leg is littered with scars and marks from doing that over the years."

That being said, Ethier admitted this one was about as bad as foul balls get off your front leg.

"Yeah, it was probably top three as far as pain goes," he said. "I had never felt, I guess that much of a dead leg, a charley horse, that bad because of pain before."

Ethier wears protective padding on his right knee and near his right ankle, but of course, this was a foul ball that zeroed in on a defenseless area.

"I'm going to have to start wearing a soccer guard or something," Ethier said. "I don't like to wear that big ol' outside one. That's usually how these things work anyway so it doesn't matter. That's why I don't wear the big one because even if I do wear the big one it usually finds a spot to hit."

The Dodgers' projected starting left fielder is not sure when he will get back on the field again.

"I definitely feel a lot better today than I did yesterday so we'll see in the next couple of days here," Ethier said. "Luckily we have a little bit of time left [before Opening Day] so I'm not really worried yet."