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Josh Reddick Removed from Dodgers Lineup After Injuring Finger on Hotel Door

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2016

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 4:   Josh Reddick #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on front he on deck circle in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on August 4, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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There are a number of ways a baseball player might injure a finger. Ordering room service at a hotel isn't traditionally one of them.

But that was the case for Los Angeles DodgersΒ right fielder Josh Reddick, who hurt a finger while holding his door open for a room-service cart, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. Reddick was scratched from the starting lineup Monday because of discomfort he experienced while throwing a ball.

Reddick pinch hit in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, however, so it appears as though his injury won't keep him out of the starting lineup for long. That's good news for the Dodgers, who held a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West following Monday's 18-9 win.

The Dodgers and Giants open a three-game series Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Reddick, 29, is hitting just .149 with one double in 18 games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Oakland Athletics ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I'm at rock-bottom right now," Reddick said, per McCullough. "But I will climb out."

In 68 games with the A's this season, Reddick hit .296 with eight home runs and 28 RBI. In 2015, he notched 20 home runs and 77 RBI while hitting .272 for Oakland.

With Reddick sidelined, Andrew Toles stepped into the starting lineup and went 2-for-5 with his first big league home run and four RBI. Los Angeles won 18-9.

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