LOS ANGELES -- Although Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, like most big league skippers, doesn't like to reveal who is and isn't available out of his bullpen before a game because he doesn't want to tip off the other dugout, it sounded before Friday night's game with the Washington Nationals like closer Javy Guerra will need another day.
Guerra underwent a battery of tests, including a CAT scan, to rule out a concussion or any structural damage after he was hit in the right jaw by a line drive in the midst of blowing a ninth-inning save on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves. But Guerra also suffered a mild injury to his foot, lower leg and ankle in trying to get out of the way of that liner, something that may delay his return until Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mattingly said if he had it to do over again, he would have taken Guerra out of the game right after he got hit instead of leaving him in. Guerra wouldn't retire another batter and wound up getting tagged for five consecutive hits before Mattingly finally did take him out, and only later was Guerra tested for a concussion.
"I thought he got a glove on it,'' Mattingly said. "The umpire said he thought he got a glove on it. (Assistant trainer) Greg (Harrell) checked his teeth at first to make sure everything lined up so we knew he hadn't broken his jaw. ... (But) at the end of the day, if I had known it got flesh, I probably would have gotten him out of there right away.
"He said he was fine, and he was flipping the ball in the air. It shows Javy's toughness, and I don't think it bothered him after that. He just threw some pitches that didn't go where he wanted them to go.''
Anyway, here is tonight's lineup:
Dee Gordon, SS
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Jerry Hairston, LF
James Loney, 1B
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, LH