Left-hander Michael Kirkman was grazed in the left ear by a one-hopper hit back at him in the seventh inning and is OK. But both pitching coach Mike Maddux and trainer Jamie Reed said Kirkman was one inch from a "disaster."
Kirkman went down as the ball bounded into right field, but he was back on his feet before the play had ended. After a meeting at the mound, he was removed and replaced by Clay Rapada.
The comebacker, which went for a double, was more painful because Kirkman was saddled with the loss in a 6-4 Dodgers victory.
-- Jeff Wilson