It's crazy to think that something as small as a blister could cause so much pain, but it definitely can, as Andre Ethier is learning.
The Dodgers' slugger popped a blister the size of a quarter on the palm of his right hand. The blister popped under a callus, which had to be peeled back to let it heal. The worst part is that it's right where Dre holds the knob of the bat. So essentially, he's missing a part of his palm.
They have a small donut on it right now, he's choking up on the bat and it will likely be bandaged until the end of the regular season. However, all this will hinder his ability to hit homers like he needs to do for the team.
Ethier said he's doing fine though:
“It doesn’t feel good in batting practice, but once the adrenaline gets going in the game you can usually get through it. You have to be a little more precise, make sure to hit the ball on the barrel and swing at the right pitches. I feel great, I feel good, except I have a huge hole in my hand that hurts. That’s the frustrating part. It’s just like Donnie said, you have to figure out a way to go up there and battle and keep having tough at-bats and find a way to contribute.”
Ethier's teammate, Adam Kennedy, said that he's going on 2 ½ months with a blister on his palm and it has yet to heal.
The good news is that Dre can still play, and he hit a double even with his blister. It's just wild to think that something so small can be completely debilitating, and it certainly can! The Dodgers definitely could use a healthy Ethier right now, but an injured one is better than none at all.