LOS ANGELES -- Rookie James Loney crashed into the right-field wall in the eighth inning of Sunday's game with the Angels and was carted off the field with what was later determined to be a bruised right knee. Loney, primarily a first baseman getting added playing time in the outfield, entered the game to start the inning and was racing after a long fly by Gary Matthews Jr. The ball sailed over his outstretched glove and Loney slammed full-speed into the Plexiglas covering the message board on the right-field fence. Loney landed face-first on the warning track and, after a six-minute delay, was lifted onto a cart, not appearing to be in significant pain. He waved to the crowd as he was transported to the Dodgers dugout to be examined. Matthews circled the bases and was credited with an inside-the-park home run.More
The play was reminiscent of another that landed Matt Kemp on the disabled list on April 9. Kemp slammed into the same message board and suffered a slight shoulder separation.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less