Sore knee sidelines Dodgers' Theriot

Sore knee sidelines Dodgers' Theriot

LOS ANGELES -- A play before Hiroki Kuroda lost his no-hitter in the eighth inning on Monday, the Dodgers lost second baseman Ryan Theriot for at least one game.

Theriot didn't catch the full brunt of a hard but clean slide from the Phillies' Jayson Werth, who successfully broke up a potential double play, but it was enough that Theriot needed to ice his hyperextended left knee after the game. He woke up stiff and was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday.

"I thought it would be best to take the night off rather than aggravate it," trainer Stan Conte said. "We don't think anything is really seriously wrong."

Conte said no MRI was planned, but didn't rule it out. The Dodgers have a 12:10 p.m. PT start on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium after Tuesday's night game, and then an off-day Thursday, meaning Theriot might not return until Friday.

"We do MRIs when the wind changes," he said.

The Dodgers could have their starting shortstop back by the end of the week. Rafael Furcal went through a full slate of pregame activities on Tuesday, something he's done for several days, and is slated to play two rehab games for Triple-A Albuquerque, on Thursday and Friday. Furcal has missed nearly all of August because of a lower back strain.

Vicente Padilla didn't throw as many pitches as intended on Monday in his first rehab start for Class A Inland Empire because of a ball hit off his right (throwing) forearm. He threw 33 pitches in three shutout innings when the target was 45, but he pitched the third inning after he was hit by the ball in the second. Conte said Padilla wasn't bothered by his back or his neck, which put him on the DL on Aug. 16.

Catcher Russell Martin is scheduled to have a CAT scan on his right hip on Wednesday in a routine examination. The team wants to be sure that the fracture in his right hip is healing correctly, and Conte anticipates it is. Results that indicate otherwise could potentially mean surgery.

Triple-A shortstop Chin-lung Hu is recovering well and could start a rehab assignment for Rookie-level Ogden this week. He's seven weeks removed from surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb.