Torii Hunter day to day

Updated: July 3, 2011, 2:37 AM ET
By Pedro Moura | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter is day to day after leaving Friday's 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after two innings with a bruise in his left hand.

He was immediately taken for precautionary X-rays and also underwent a CT scan after the game. Both exams turned up negative.

"That gave us a big sigh of relief there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. "It's scary, especially with what it looked like in the dugout yesterday.

"Initial X-rays (and the CT scan) were obviously negative, but our medical department is always wary that things can crop up later."

Hunter, 35, was hit on the top of the hand by a Hiroki Kuroda pitch in the first inning and examined by team doctors and Scioscia, only to stay in the game and take the field in the top of the second. But Vernon Wells replaced him in right field when the Angels came out for the third, Scioscia switching around his lineup to bring in infielder Alberto Callaspo in Hunter's spot.

Hunter was out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, but Scioscia said he'd be available as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner.

He missed all three games of last weekend's Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium with bruised ribs, returning in a pinch-hitting capacity Monday against the Washington Nationals and starting Tuesday.

Pedro Moura is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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