CHICAGO, IL - MAY 22: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits the right field fence after failing to make a catch against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 22, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ethier, Barajas Hurt As Dodgers Lose Again To White Sox

Both Ethier and Barajas are listed as day-to-day.

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Dodgers Lose Ethier, Barajas To Injuries In 8-3 Loss To White Sox

The Dodgers welcomed Rafael Furcal back from the disabled list on Sunday in Chicago, but the team may have lost more than they gained in injuries today as the Dodgers lost another game, 8-3 to the White Sox. Juan Uribe was placed on the DL before the game to make room for Furcal, so that's one starter down. Then, both Andre Ethier and Rod Barajas left Sunday's game early with injuries.

Ethier crashed into the right field wall on a drive by Juan Pierre in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ethier suffered contusions in his right elbow and lower right back as well as a sprained left big toe. He was removed one play later. The x-rays were negative, but the manager Don Mattingly suggested after the game he won't really know anything about the severity of the injury until he sees how Ethier feels tomorrow.

Barajas suffered a sprained right wrist in a play at the plate in the fourth inning, again involving Pierre. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the next inning. X-rays were negative on Barajas as well, and he is listed as day-to-day. The Dodgers' bench, weak as it is when everyone is healthy, is amazingly thin right now. If Barajas and Ethier have to miss any time, the bench could be as thin as two deep, depending on the health of Aaron Miles, who has missed the last four games with a sore ribcage.

Lost in the injuries and another loss was the continued improvement of Jerry Sands. The outfielder, one day after his first big league home run, collected his first four-hit game on Sunday. Sands was 4-for-4 with a double and a walk, and is now hitting .289/.407/.467 with five doubles and a home run in May. The Dodgers head to Houston for a three-game series against the Astros beginning Monday. Whether or not the Dodgers will be joined by any reinforcements from Triple A remains to be seen.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Andre Ethier Leaves Game Mid Inning With Apparent Injury

To say that the 2011 Dodgers have been bitten by the injury bug would be a bit of an understatement. Andre Ethier is the latest to succumb to an injury, as he was removed in the bottom of the fourth inning in the middle of the inning, one play after crashing into the right field wall. Ethier crashed into the wall on a drive by Juan Pierre (yes, you read that correctly), then grimaced after he threw the ball back into the infield.

Alexei Ramirez was the next batter and lifted a pop fly into short right field, but Ethier had trouble running in and the ball dropped for a single. Manager Don Mattingly sent Tony Gwynn Jr. out to right field to take Ethier's place after that single. Ethier watched in the dugout for a few plays before walking to the clubhouse with trainer Stan Conte.

It is unknown exactly what Ethier injured, but it appeared to be a knee or hip injury of some sort. Catcher Rod Barajas also left the game after the bottom of the fourth after he appeared to be spiked at home plate, though it is unknown whether or not he left because of an injury. After all, the Dodgers trailed 6-0 at the time.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. White Sox Starting Lineups: Rafael Furcal Returns

The Dodgers are looking for their first interleague road series win since 2009, in Sunday's series finale with the White Sox. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, taking a scoreless streak of 14 2/3 innings into today's start. Former Dodger Edwin Jackson gets the start for Chicago.

The Dodgers welcome back Rafael Furcal to today's lineup, activating him after missing 37 games with a broken left thumb. Aaron Miles is out for the fourth straight day with a sore ribcage. Here are today's starting lineups:

Dodgers (21-26)

Furcal SS
Carroll 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Barajas C
Gibbons DH
Sands LF
Mitchell 3B

White Sox (21-26)

Pierre LF
Ramirez SS
Dunn 1B
Konerko DH
Pierzynski C
Rios CF
Vizquel 3B
Lillibridge RF
Beckham 2B

Today's 11:10 a.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket and WGN. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Disabled List Trade Off: Dodgers Activate Rafael Furcal, Lose Juan Uribe

Before Sunday’s series finale in Chicago against the White Sox, the Dodgers activated shortstop Rafael Furcal from the disabled list. Furcal missed 37 games after breaking his left thumb in a headfirst slide on April 11 in San Francisco. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, however, to make room for Furcal the Dodgers lost another starting infielder as Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an left hip flexor strain.

The Dodgers were 6-4 when Furcal broke his thumb, including 5-2 with Furcal in the lineup. Since Furcal went on the disabled list, the Dodgers are 15-22. Jamey Carroll, who is hitting .318/.373/.382 this season, has filled in very capably at shortstop in Furcal’s absence, starting 34 of 37 games at the position. Carroll figures to take over at second base with Uribe on the DL.

Dodger leadoff batters this season are hitting just .236/.290/.281, though part of that can be attributed to manager Don Mattingly inexplicably batting Tony Gwynn and Aaron Miles at leadoff a total of 19 times this season. Furcal was 5-for-13 with a double and a home run in a four-game rehab assignment with Triple A Albuqerque earlier this week, though he did injure his left knee during a slide in his final rehab game. Furcal tested the knee on Saturday in Chicago, and was deemed fit to play today.

The Dodgers have had 12 different players make 15 total trips to the disabled list this season.

Today’s 11:10 a.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket and WGN. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today’s game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. White Sox: Hiroki Kuroda Faces Old Friend Edwin Jackson In Series Finale

The Dodgers look to win their first interleague road series since 2009 on Sunday as they face the White Sox in the rubber game of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, taking a 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak into today's contest. Former Dodger Edwin Jackson gets the start for Chicago.

The Dodgers took the first game of the series on Friday, 6-4 in 10 innings after Russ Mitchell hit a home run with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game. The White Sox came back on Saturday with a six-run fourth inning to knock out Jon Garland and picked up a 9-2 win. Rookie Jerry Sands did hit his first major league home run for the Dodgers in the loss.

Kuroda hasn't allowed a run in each of his last two starts, and on the season is 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in nine starts. Andre Ethier is in a 1-for-28 slump in his last eight games for the Dodgers. Edwin Jackson, the former Dodgers draft pick who was traded away in 2006, is 3-5 this season with a 4.53 ERA.

Today's 11:10 a.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket and WGN. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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