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Friday, June 24, 2011
Marcus Thames leaves with hurt calf

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Marcus Thames left Friday night's game with the Los Angeles Angels after suffering a strained left calf running out a ball he hit off the left-field wall against Angels pitcher Dan Haren in the bottom of the second inning.

Thames is listed as day to day, but he already missed a month earlier this season with a strained right quadriceps muscle. After Thames pulled into second base with a double, Dodgers medical-services director Stan Conte ran out from the dugout to check on him. Moments later, the two left the field together, an obviously frustrated Thames stopping as he entered the runway leading to the clubhouse to slam his helmet against a wall in disgust.

"Initially, I heard three to four days," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But obviously, they're going to look at it again. That would be the best-case scenario."

Thames had been back from the disabled list for less than three weeks. He is hitting .207 for the season. The double, his first of the year, was just his fourth extra-base hit.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.