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Dodgers' Andre Ethier leaves game after crashing into outfield fence [Updated]

May 22, 2011 |  1:02 pm

Andre-ethier_300 Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier was removed from the game with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after he crashed into the outfield fence trying to make a catch.

His condition was not immediately known, but Ethier -- who had a 30-game hitting streak earlier this season -- was visibly shaken and limping after the play at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ethier was trying to catch a ball hit by former Dodger Juan Pierre in the fourth inning when he ran into the fence at nearly full stride. The ball fell to the ground and Pierre had a double.

One out later, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly sent Tony Gwynn Jr. out to replace Ethier, who walked back to the Dodgers dugout under his own power.

Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas also might have injured one of his hands in the inning when Pierre tagged up on Paul Konerko's fly ball and raced to home plate -- and into Barajas -- just ahead of Matt Kemp's throw from center field.

As the Dodgers came to bat in the top of the fifth inning, back-up catcher Dioner Navarro pinch hit for Barajas and replaced him behind the plate.

[Updated at 1:15 p.m.: The Dodgers told reporters in the sixth inning that Ethier suffered unspecified injuries to one of his toes and his back, and that Barajas indeed suffered an injury to his right wrist. No further details were immediately available.]

The Dodgers were trailing the White Sox, 6-1, after 5 1/2 innings.

[Updated at 1:59 p.m: Later in the game it was announced that Ethier had a bruised right elbow and a bruised lower right back. He also had a sprained left big toe, but an X-ray was negative. Barajas had a sprained right wrist, but his X-ray also was negative and his availability was listed as day to day.]

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Photo: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier reacts after striking out in the first inning Sunday against the White Sox. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

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