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Dodgers’ Chris Taylor could miss four to six weeks with fractured left forearm

Chris Taylor
The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor bats during a game June 23 against the Rockies.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The DodgersChris Taylor was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a fractured left forearm after he was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning in Sunday’s win over the Boston Red Sox. Matt Beaty was recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster.

Taylor said it’s a non-displaced fracture and the expected timetable for his return is four to six weeks.

“Pretty upsetting,” Taylor said after the Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2 on Monday. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was hopeful that it wasn’t fractured.”

The Dodgers left Boston early Monday hoping Taylor was only dealing with a bad bruise. But they weren’t sure. The only technology available at Fenway Park for an examination was a fluoroscope. It didn’t reveal broken bones, but a more thorough test was deemed necessary. Beaty had been summoned in case their fears were realized.

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“I’m disappointed, we’re disappointed for C.T.,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And he allows for a lot of different things that we do. But hopefully we’ll get him back sooner than later.”

The injury interrupts a sizzling stretch for Taylor. Tasked to replace Corey Seager at shortstop when Seager strained his hamstring last month, Taylor batted .380 with a 1.074 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 24 games during Seager’s absence. Seager returned Friday, after the All-Star break, shifting Taylor to his typical utility role. The 28-year-old Taylor is batting .261 with a .787 OPS in 90 games this season.

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Red Sox right-hander Heath Hembree plunked Taylor with a 92-mph fastball Sunday. Taylor writhed in pain but stayed in the game until Austin Barnes pinch-hit for him in the 12th inning.

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Beaty returned to the Dodgers after getting optioned to Oklahoma City during the All-Star break. The 26-year-old rookie is batting .284 with a .732 OPS in 38 games with the Dodgers this season after collecting a pinch-hit double Monday.

jorge.castillo@latimes.com

Twitter: @jorgecastillo


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