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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (April 11, 7:10 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced X-rays on Justin Turner’s left index finger came back negative and Juan Uribe is dealing with hamstring tightness. Neither player is expected to miss extended time:

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The Los Angeles Dodgers played their fifth game of the season Saturday as the faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second of a three-game series. Whereas the Dodgers relied on the same lineup in three consecutive games, Saturday saw some change as Andre Ethier and Justin Turner made their first starts of the season at right field and third base, respectively.

However, Turner’s first start was short-lived as he was removed in the third inning after being spiked on the left hand by A.J. Pollock. The incident occurred on a double steal attempt that was successful due to Pollock’s cleats knocking the ball loose from Turner’s glove.

Trainer Stan Conte came out from the dugout to check on the utility man, who appeared to be bleeding from his ring and/or middle finger. After a few minutes of being tended to, Turner was removed from the game and replaced by Juan Uribe.

Uribe had the opportunity to throw over to first base as part of a warmup, but otherwise was thrown into the fire. As luck would have it, the first batter hit a chopper to Uribe’s left that he made a play on, but came up with a slight limp and he grabbed at his left hamstring.

The veteran third baseman remained in the game to finish out the inning, but was met at the dugout steps by Conte. Alex Guerrero then pinch-hit for Uribe in the fourth inning, meaning the Dodgers lost two third basemen in the blink of an eye.

An update on the status of Turner or Uribe was not immediately available as of this writing. Uribe was twice placed on the disabled list last season with right hamstring issues.

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Dodgers Utility Man Justin Turner


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