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Trayce Thompson leaves with lower back soreness

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson left Saturday's win over the Mets in the fifth inning with lower back soreness, appearing to aggravate the issue on a swing one inning earlier.

Thompson started in right field on Saturday night in place of Yasiel Puig and was 0-for-2. He reached on a fielders choice grounder to third in the fourth inning, but during that at-bat he reached for his back after an earlier swing. Thompson remained in the game until the bottom of the fifth, when Puig replaced him in right field.

Puig delivered an RBI single and was 1-for-2 with a walk on the night.

It is unknown how much time, if any, that Thompson will miss, but the Dodgers have already seen outfielders Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke hit the disabled list this season with lower back tightness.

Thompson told reporters that he has been dealing with the back issue for a few days, per Ken Gurnick of, and that he thought his back would respond well to treatment.


Kenta Maeda gutted through five innings after getting hit on his right hand by a line drive in the first inning. He got relatively good news after the game regarding his hand.

Crawford singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, but then was curiously replaced by pitcher Alex Wood as a pinch runner. Crawford hasn't started any of the last eight Dodgers games, though he did play the final 10 innings in last Sunday's 17-inning marathon in San Diego.

From Gurnick: "Crawford, who has had left hamstring issues in the past, said he felt his right hamstring tighten during warmups Friday. ... Crawford said he did not think the injury was bad enough to send him to the disabled list."

Casey Fien struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, hitting 95 mph in an impressive Dodgers debut.

Umpire crew chief Tom Hallion was asked about the ejection of Noah Syndergaard: