Longtime Dodgers veteran could miss Opening Day

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 15:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

There is a strong chance the Los Angeles Dodgers start the 2017 season without one of their longtime veterans.

It was revealed on Tuesday that outfielder Andre Ethier is in danger of missing Opening Day with a herniated disk in his lower back. The revelation comes after Ethier was unable to loosen his back before a game on Sunday. An MRI the following day revealed what is being characterized as a mild herniated disk.

While the news is disappointing, it should be noted that Ethier feels better after receiving an epidural injection.

The Dodgers open the season on April 3rd against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

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