Angels’ Hunter sidelined by bruised left hand

Torii Hunter has been held out of the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup

Saturday night because of a bruised left hand.

Hunter was injured in the first inning Friday night against the

Dodgers, when he was hit by a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda. The

nine-time Gold Glove winner played two innings in the field before

coming out of the game. X-rays and a CT scan both were

negative.

Hunter entered Saturday batting .239 with eight home runs and a

team-high 39 RBIs. The four-time All-Star played in each of the

first 76 games before missing the three-game series against the

Dodgers last weekend because of bruised ribs.

Manager Mike Scioscia said before pregame that Hunter would be

available for defense and pinch-running duties.