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MLB notes: Knee injury ends Ethier's season

This is a 2011 photo of Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. This image reflects the Los Angeles Dodgers active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
This is a 2011 photo of Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. This image reflects the Los Angeles Dodgers active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Andre Ethier's terrific 2011 season is over.

In a year that saw him put together a 30-game hitting streak, the 29-year-old outfielder has been shut down for the rest of the season with a right knee injury, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Thursday before the start of their scheduled doubleheader with the Washington Nationals.

"It sounds like this is it," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.

Ethier, who batted .292 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI, said he will have the knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.

"I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out right now and figure out a way to get it better where it won't affect me for spring training," Ethier said.

He said had no emotional reaction to his season ending. "Don't feel anything. Still waiting, have to go figure out what's going on," Ethier said.

Ethier's 30-game hitting streak was one of the few highlights for the team in 2011.

Presley a hit for Pirates

Pirates outfielder Alex Presley is comfortable with the fun people tend to have with his last name. His Twitter feed is even named AlexNotElvis. Grow up with the same last name as "The King," and it helps to have a sense of humor.

There was nothing funny, however, about the injury that threatened to derail the 25-year-old's breakthrough season. Presley was standing in the batter's box against St. Louis on July 22 when a pitch got a little too inside and caromed off his left hand.

Tests revealed nerve damage that affected the way Presley held the bat. He was shuffled off to the disabled list, and by the time he returned, Pittsburgh had plummeted in the standings.

Healthy again, Presley is hitting .413 in September. Presley impressed Manager Clint Hurdle so much he elevated him to the leadoff spot. "Alex has been absolutely hot," Hurdle said.

The Pirates will need to get hot over the next three weeks to break a streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons.

Short hops

■ The Giants released outfielder Aaron Rowand and infielder Miguel Tejada, after designating both veterans for assignment last week.

■ Among those bidding a ceremonial farewell to the Marlins' current ballpark will be Mike Piazza, who played five games for Florida in 1998, when he was acquired and quickly traded as part of a payroll purge. The ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 28 immediately following the Marlins' final game in the stadium that has been their home since the franchise began in 1993.

■ Mets right-hander Jason Isringhausen has a herniated disk in his lower back, and the 39-year-old reliever will be sidelined several days. The two-time All-Star started his career with the Mets in 1995 and returned this year after missing most of 2009 and all of last season for Tommy John surgery.

■ The Brewers activated second baseman Rickie Weeks from the disabled list Thursday night. Weeks, the starting second baseman for the National League in the All-Star game, was placed on the 15-day DL on July 28 with a severely sprained left ankle.

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