Andre Ethier smiled when asked about how Manager Don Mattingly hinted he might be turned into a platoon player next season.
"Luckily, there are a lot of righties," Ethier said.
Ethier entered Friday batting .214 against left-handers and .325 against right-handers.
"Sometimes you hit, sometimes you don't," he said.
The previous day, Mattingly sounded mystified when he talked about Ethier's problems hitting left-handed pitching. The manager went as far to suggest the Dodgers might consider having Ethier split time in right field with a right-handed hitter who would face left-handed pitchers.
For his part, Ethier said he wants to remain an everyday player.
"Yeah, why wouldn't I?" he asked.
In the coming years, Ethier will earn several times what the average platoon player makes. He signed a five-year, $85-million contract extension this spring.
Asked if he shared Mattingly's bewilderment about his lack of success against left-handers, Ethier replied, "If I did, it would probably bring my whole game down. I can remember quite often all you guys criticizing me for being too harsh on myself. I'm going out there, I'm trying to play defense, I'm trying to do the whole thing. Yeah, it frustrates me not to do it, but I'm not going to show it, I'm not going to let it come into my game."
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