Andre Ethier chose his words carefully. The Dodgers right fielder thinks he could have played Wednesday night and insisted his strained left oblique was feeling better each day.

Yet Ethier didn't play in the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds, and won't play for another eight days at least, after being placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28.

"I don't want to go on the disabled list," he said, "but I don't disagree with what the thinking is. We want this team to be 100 percent after the break."