SEATTLE -- Club president Stan Kasten tweeted that he expects Andre Ethier will be a Dodger for a very long time, and Nez Balelo, Ethier's agent, is in Seattle this weekend. So, too, is Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.

Coincidence?

Apparently so, said Balelo, who said he was in town because he represents Mariners pitcher Jason Vargas.

Nonetheless, Ethier seems to have more confidence that new club ownership will wrap him up before he's a free agent this winter, but so far, nothing is concrete.

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"Nothing's changed, they haven't made anything that I'm aware of," said Ethier. "Maybe they made something to my agent, but I told him not to tell me until there's something for me to consider. I'll keep playing and helping the guys win.

"I expect to be here a long time, and both sides have expressed that. They want me here and I want to be here. Mutually, both sides want me here. Obviously, this is a good fit. It's where I want to be and a great opportunity to play with these guys who have put a lot of hard work in, and I hope we continue what we're doing right now."

Loney starting to see batting average climb

SEATTLE -- Just when it looked like James Loney had again played himself out of the Dodgers' plans, he's playing himself back in.

Loney entered Friday's game vs. the Mariners 6-for-19 on Los Angeles' road trip and .315 since May 8, bringing his average up from .198 to .257. His comeback is eerily similar to last year, when he was batting .202 on May 2 and finished the season at .288.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked if he had any theories on Loney's most recent turnaround.

"Nope," said Mattingly. "He matched up good in Philly. He hits [Cole] Hamels. I don't know why. And his numbers against [Kyle] Kendrick are good, too. I hope it gets him rolling. He's swinging better."

Pain in Kershaw's left foot subsiding

SEATTLE -- When National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw starts Saturday, the focus will be on his left foot, which he said does not bother him throwing despite a flare-up of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.

"It's not going to stop me from pitching," said Kershaw. "It's just annoying."

Annoying enough, said Kershaw, to scrap his normal conditioning running in the outfield, a major variation for Kershaw, who is fanatical about his daily routine. He did take his normal between-starts bullpen session.

"I'm throwing fine," he said. "It's just running."

Kershaw came up sore when he hit the bag running out a bunt in Philadelphia, something that won't be a problem in Saturday's Interleague game because of the designated hitter. He said the training staff is experimenting with different remedies from treatment to orthotics to alleviate the pain.

"It kind of got progressively worse the last 10 days to two weeks," he said. "Kind of the peak of the pain was when I was running to first, but it's gotten better the past three or four days. I should be fine."

Manager Don Mattingly said if Kershaw isn't worried, neither is he, but he did draw a comparison to Javy Guerra, who tried to pitch through knee pain before finally undergoing surgery this week.

"Right now it's not concerning at all," Mattingly said. "He's not feeling it pitching. With Javy, it affected his pitching, and that we can't allow to happen with Kershaw.

"As long as it doesn't get worse, I'm not really concerned about it. Maybe I should be, but I'm not worried about tomorrow today."

Uribe goes 2-for-3 in Class A rehab start

SEATTLE -- Juan Uribe's long-delayed return to game action went pretty well on Friday night, when he homered and tripled to open a three-game Minor League rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

Uribe went 2-for-3 with a strikeout, and played third base for six innings.

Uribe has been on the disabled list since May 14 with an arthritic left wrist.