He underwent X-rays and a CT scan after being struck by a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda, but results were negative. The 35-year-old veteran, who is tied with Peter Bourjos for the team lead in games this season (80), wasn't in Saturday's starting lineup. Manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter would be available as a defensive substitution.
Still, the nine-time Gold Glover is currently being held from participating in any baseball activity and said he has "no idea yet" as to a possible full-time return. The negative results of his tests were a relief for Scioscia and Hunter, both of whom initially thought it may be more serious.
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"I thought it was broke," Hunter said of the first few moments after Kuroda's 91 mph two-seamer made contact with his hand. "I had no feeling in it."
He successfully lobbied to remain in the game but said it "didn't feel right" when he swung a bat in the dugout after playing a half-inning of defense. That led to his departure.
The normally steadfast Hunter has run into a string of bad luck with injuries. He had just returned from a bruised rib that caused him to sit out last weekend's installment of the Freeway Series at Chavez Ravine.
"I guess it's part of baseball. Every game I probably miss is going to be against the Dodgers," he said with disappointment in his voice. "How about that?"
Vernon Wells was slotted into Hunter's spot in right Saturday, while Howard Kendrick shifted from second base to assume Wells' spot in left field. Do-it-all defender Maicer Izturis filled in for Kendrick.