Dodgers Lose Game To Reds, Furcal To Injury

Furcal missed 37 games earlier this season with a broken thumb.

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Dodgers Lose Rafael Furcal, Game To Reds, 2-1

The Dodgers suffered more injuries on Friday night, both before and during their 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Before the game, Vicente Padilla wasn't activated from the disabled list as planned because he was experiencing pain in his neck. During the game, Rafael Furcal injured his left side on a throw to third base and exited the game after two innings.

After the game, manager Don Mattingly didn't have any official update or MRI results for Furcal, but said it was likely that Furcal hurt his oblique, which would almost certainly mean multiple weeks off for the shortstop. Padilla, who was on the DL with irritation in his right radial nerve in his arm, was on the disabled list last season with a bulging disc in his neck.

On the field, Hiroki Kuroda was sloppy, with four walks (one intentional), but reasonably effective. He only allowed two runs, both on a bases-loaded single by Scott Rolen in the fifth inning, but those two runs held up for Cincinnati. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier each had two hits and a walk, but the rest of the offense was 2-for-25, with no walks.

The earliest Juan Uribe can be activated from the DL is Sunday, so the Dodgers might call up an infielder from Triple A Albuquerque for tomorrow's game. Ivan DeJesus or Russ Mitchell would seem to be the leading candidates for the temporary spot. Clayton Kershaw faces off with Johnny Cueto on Saturday afternoon on Fox.

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

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Dodgers' Rafael Furcal Leaves Game After Hurting Left Side

The 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers are getting hurt at an alarming rate. Rafael Furcal is the latest to get bitten by the injury bug, as he left Friday's game after just two innings. Furcal injured his left side while making a force play in the bottom of the second inning, then was replaced in the top of the third inning by pinch hitter Jamey Carroll, who remained in the game at shortstop. The Dodgers list Furcal as day-to-day, though the club is no stranger to the disabled list this season.

Furcal already lost significant time this season, missing 37 games with a broken thumb. Since his return, Furcal has nine hits in 40 at-bats in 10 games, though eight of those hits came in the four games prior to tonight. Furcal isn't the only injury the Dodgers are dealing with.

Vicente Padilla was supposed to be activated off the disabled list before tonight's game, but no move was made before the game. The corresponding move is expected to be starter Jon garland to the disabled list, which would be the 17th different DL trip for the Dodgers this season. However, either Padilla isn't quite ready or the Dodgers aren't sure Garland will miss two or three starts. Or we could see a move after the game.

The Dodgers lead the Reds 1-0 in the fifth inning at Great American Ballpark.

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

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Dodgers Vs. Reds Starting Lineups: Brandon Phillips Out With Sore Wrist

The Dodgers open up a 10-game road trip Friday night in Cincinnati, facing the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, while Bronson Arroyo pitches for the Reds. Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the lineup with a sore wrist, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Dodgers (26-31)

Furcal SS
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Gibbons LF
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Miles 2B
Kuroda P

Reds (29-28)

Stubbs CF
Cairo 2B
Votto 1B
Bruce RF
Rolen 3B
Lewis LF
Hanigan C
Janish SS
Arroyo P

This is the Dodgers' first meeting with the Reds this season. They are 18-11 all-time at Great American Ball Park.

Tonight's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Reds: L.A. Opens 10-Game Road Trip In Cincinnati

After a successful homestand, the Dodgers embark on a 10-game road trip which begins Friday night against the Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to snap a personal two-game losing streak. The Dodgers have won four of their last six games, capturing home series with Florida and Colorado before heading on the road.

Kuroda is 5-5 this season with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts. However, he has allowed 11 runs (nine earned runs) in his last 11 innings in losses to the White Sox and Marlins. The last time Kuroda faced the Reds was last July 15 in Cincinnati, when the Dodgers bludgeoned the Reds 12-0.

Bronson Arroyo starts for the Reds. Arroyo is 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Dodgers are expected to activate relief pitcher Vicente Padilla from the disabled list before tonight's contest. The corresponding move is not yet known, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com floated the idea that it could be starter Jon Garland, who did not accompany the team on the flight to Cincinnati. Then again, Garland isn't slated to pitch until Tuesday.

Tonight's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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