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Dodgers News: X-Rays Come Back Negative For Maeda

June 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) throws in the first inning against Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the bottom of the 6th inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 win Tuesday vs. the Arizona Diamondacks, Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive right at Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda. The ball directly struck his right leg and after throwing to first to make the out, Maeda went down.

Immediately after the play, things did not look good for the Japanese rookie as he had a severe limp and needed help exiting the field.

While manager Dave Roberts was optimistic about Maeda being able to make his next scheduled start, the pitcher was more cautious when discussing his chances.

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After seeing this, Dodgers fan held their collective breaths as the last thing the club needed was yet another member of the starting rotation to go down. Thankfully, shortly after the game, the Dodgers received good news as Maeda received x-rays and they came back negative.

He was diagnosed with a right lower leg contusion but thankfully nothing more serious. It was also reported on Wednesday morning that Maeda looked much better than after the game, giving Dodgers fans a slight chance to exhale.

In a game where the Dodgers bats finally came alive and had four home runs to thank for it, losing Maeda would have been quite the blow to the team who is going through a bit of a rough patch. Hopefully he will be able to recover at a good pace and be back on the mound for his next scheduled start which would most likely come at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Once again, the Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw to bring the series against the Diamondbacks home for them as he brings his 9-1 and 1.52 ERA with him to the rubber match. Kershaw will be going up against Patrick Corbin, who holds a 3-5 record and a 4.81 ERA. First pitch is set for 12:40 PM PT on Wednesday afternoon.

Written by Trip Westmoreland

20 year old with an almost unhealthy obsession with all things pertaining to LA Sports (Except the Clippers). Hip-hop head and gamer in my spare time.

You can follow me on Twitter @Twest208

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