- Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe's precautionary X-rays on his left elbow came back negative Friday after he experienced swelling as a result of being hit by a pitch from San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum in the sixth inning of Thursday's season opener.
Uribe played the rest of that game, but he was out of the lineup Friday night against the Giants.
Stan Conte, the Dodgers' director of medical services, stressed that the X-rays were strictly precautionary and that the pitch that hit Uribe struck muscle as opposed to bone.
Although the Dodgers already have five players on the 15-day disabled list, no one seemed especially concerned that Uribe could join them.
"I had him in the lineup, but he came in swollen,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Stan was actually really surprised. Hopefully, it's just today."
Uribe was replaced at third base by Aaron Miles. Mattingly is hopeful that Uribe can return to the lineup Saturday.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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