Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning. The surgery, which was performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, lasted roughly 35 minutes, and cleaned up the wear and tear behind his right kneecap. Ethier will begin his rehabilitation next week in Arizona, and the recovery period is expected to be six to eight weeks.
Ethier suffered a power outage in 2011, hitting 11 home runs in 135 games after hitting 23 long balls in 139 games in 2010. He began 2011 with a 30-game hitting streak that lasted through the beginning of May, and rode a hot start into his second straight All-Star appearance. After the break, Ethier hit .252/.339/.333 with two home runs in 45 games.
Ethier made $9.25 million in 2011 in the second year of a two-year contract. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility before hitting free agency, and is expected to make $12 million or more in 2012.
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