Injured Andre Ethier said he was pulling out of the home run derby, and he could be out of the Dodgers' lineup until the All-Star break.

Despite how horrendous the Dodgers are currently going, being cautious is absolutely the best approach.

Ethier originally talked about possibly returning from his oblique injury Sunday or Monday. He is not in the lineup Sunday, is highly unlikely to return Monday and might miss the next three-game series against the Reds.

"You just have to be smart about it," Ethier said. "They keep reminding me -- I don't know if I agree with it -- it's for the better for the second half, rather than coming back for a couple now and possibly re-injuring it and being out longer."