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Ethier resumes workouts after exams check out

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cleared by doctors after Wednesday's MRI and CT scan, Andre Ethier resumed working out on his injured left ankle with the team on Thursday.

Ethier is able to hit, catch balls in the outfield and throw. Manager Don Mattingly said the club will wait until next week to test Ethier on the bases, and determining his role, if any, in the first round of the playoffs might not be made until the last minute.

Because he won't be playing in the final three regular-season games, Ethier will maintain his swing in simulated games, Mattingly said.

"It doesn't mean we're not moving forward," Mattingly said. "I'm a little more encouraged today."

Besides Ethier, Mattingly said he feels good about the physical condition of his club, which has been battered most of the season.

"Andre's the only guy," Mattingly said, although utility man Jerry Hairston has been sidelined with back spasms.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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