9/21/2013 8:23 P.M. ET
Young's future on back burner during Dodgers' run
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers infielder Michael Young is rumored to be considering retirement after this season, but he said he hasn't thought about anything beyond this year.
"I'm too focused on what I'm doing on this team," said the 36-year-old Young, who will be a free agent after this season. "Winning is the sole priority, and we're playing as hard as we can in the name of winning games. Anything else is not on the radar. There will be a time and place for that, just not now."
Young was acquired Aug. 31 from the Phillies for Minor League pitcher Rob Rasmussen. A seven-time All-Star with Texas, he hit .338 with 106 RBIs in 2011, but has tailed off since, going .277 with 67 RBIs in 2012 and a combined .284 with 46 RBIs between the Phils and Dodgers this year.
He waived no-trade protection and accepted the Trade Deadline deal to the Dodgers for the chance to play again in October. With the Rangers, Young lost the 2010 and '11 World Series and was eliminated in the Wild Card game last season.
He was acquired to be a role player on a Dodgers roster so deep that difficult cuts will be required before the playoffs. He's hitting .389 (14-for-36) since the trade, 2-for-5 as a pinch-hitter.
"I knew what I signed up for," he said of his part-time role. "The team was in great shape before I got here. I felt I could add something to the mix. I could have played every day the last month in Philly. I wanted the opportunity to win. That was more appealing to me."
Ethier may return in San Francisco
SAN DIEGO -- Injured outfielder Andre Ethier might be able to play during the Dodgers' upcoming series in San Francisco, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.
"We're hoping, if everything goes good, he's got a chance to play in San Francisco at some point, if everything continues progressing," Mattingly said of Ethier, who turned his left ankle Sept. 3 and hasn't played since Sept. 13.
Ethier said he's able to hit with his left ankle tightly wrapped.
"Running will be the hard part," said Ethier, who has been trying it on a treadmill for two days.
Saturday night's lineup included Yasiel Puig (hip), Carl Crawford (back), Matt Kemp (hamstring) and Adrian Gonzalez (quad), each having been rested Friday night in a 2-0 loss that didn't help the Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage.
"I'd like to have the home-field advantage, but we'd been at it close to 200 games and I felt, mentally, the guys needed to sit on the bench a day and enjoy that. Now, back to work."
Withrow phones in Dodgers' celebration
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow wasn't at Chase Field when the Dodgers clinched the National League West title on Thursday in Phoenix, but he didn't exactly miss it.
Withrow left the club to be with wife Jaclyn for the birth of their first child, Walker, who was delivered Wednesday. Modern technology intervened so Withrow could feel connected as his teammates sprayed champagne and splashed in the Chase Field swimming pool.
"I watched the celebration on the phone," said Withrow. "I felt I was celebrating two different things at the same time. It was pretty cool."
Withrow said he had no regrets about the decision to leave.
"In itself, it's about as great a gift as I could get," he said. "Watching the guys clinch was icing on the cake. I'm hopeful this was the first of four celebrations and I'll have plenty more to come."
Withrow also defended the club's pool party.
"It was awesome to see," he said. "The child comes out of you and you do what kids do. I didn't view it as disrespectful. I viewed it as a lot of fun."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.