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NEW YORK — Rich Hill was walking briskly around the visitors’ clubhouse at Citi Field on Friday afternoon, a stim machine attached to his left knee. But the idea of trying to push off the pitching rubber with that knee and drive toward home plate made him grimace with recalled pain.Hill will have an MRI on his left knee when the Dodgers return to Los Angeles on Monday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will examine Hill’s knee and determine the severity of the MCL strain the left-hander suffered during the first inning Thursday in Baltimore.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the preliminary diagnosis by the Dodgers’ training staff indicates the severity of the injury is “less than it was in spring training.” Hill suffered between a Grade 1 and 2 strain of the same ligament this spring and missed the first four weeks of the season as a result.Hill is ready to forge ahead in the meantime. He has asked the Dodgers’ equipment staff to have the brace he wore through the first three starts after his return this spring shipped to New York. Hill would like to at least try playing catch with the brace on to see what might possibly get him back on a mound sooner. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Verdugo has been out since Aug. 4. Roberts all but ruled out Verdugo being on the active roster for the first round of the playoffs – but held out hope he could return later in the postseason if the Dodgers advance.“For us to think he’s going to start the postseason with us is very unlikely,” Roberts said Friday. “But we expect to play throughout October.”ALSOTurner was out of the lineup with an injured left ankle for the fifth consecutive game on Friday. Roberts said he does not expect Turner to start any of the games against the Mets this weekend but does expect him back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 12-5, 2.45 ERA) at Mets (RHP Jacob deGrom, 9-8, 2.70 ERA), Saturday, 4:10 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Thursday was Hill’s first start since June 19 when he injured the flexor tendon in his left elbow. The Dodgers had planned for Hill to make four starts in September and then be their fourth starter in the postseason.Roberts wasn’t ready to write that off yet, as unlikely as it seems.“Right now obviously, we’re running up against the calendar,” Roberts said. “But I just hesitate to say what we’re going to do with Rich until we know.”Rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin will make Hill’s scheduled start on Wednesday. But Roberts said there is no need to name a fourth postseason starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler. He raised the possibility of a combined effort by relievers replacing Hill instead.“If you look at the potential structure, construction of the relievers, a lot of our guys have that ability to go multiples (of innings),” he said. “There’s nothing that says you have to name a Game 4 starter in the middle of September. However, we get there or get through a potential Game 4, I think we will have the means and the arms to do it.” MUNCY RETURNSMax Muncy was back in the starting lineup on Friday night, 16 days after taking a 95-mph fastball off his wrist and suffering a slight fracture.Muncy spent three days in Arizona before rejoining the Dodgers, taking live batting practice off minor-league pitchers at Camelback Ranch.“It feels okay. I’m not going to say it feels 100 percent because that would just be a lie,” he said. “But it feels okay. It’s not affecting the swing at all. As long as that’s the case, everything should be fine.”Muncy said his wrist still feels a little “weird” when throwing but Roberts said he won’t hesitate to play Muncy at second base (he was at first base Friday).Muncy is wearing a brace on his right wrist while batting. He won’t wear it while playing the field because it might hinder his throwing. The brace is similar to ones worn by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, both of whom suffered fractures in their glove-side wrists.“Yeah, we created a little brace for it. Something I can take on and off,” he said. “It’ll be an adjustment to get used to that. … They kind of McGyver-ed it a little bit.”VERDUGO UNLIKELYOutfielder Alex Verdugo will join the Dodgers when the team returns to Los Angeles for a homestand starting Tuesday. But he has not resumed workouts since being shut down with back pain earlier this week.Verdugo made one start on a rehab assignment before suffering a flareup of the back issue that has bothered him on and off since May.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Firefighter Joe Kovacic, 46, drew cheers from the crowd as he jumped off a station garage roof – a good 25 feet off the ground – and landed safely in a 9-foot-tall inflated rescue air cushion that the department uses to catch would-be suicides threatening to jump from bridges and people trapped in building fires. For more realism, Kovacic flailed his arms a bit as he jumped, but tucked into a “cannonball” position before he hit the bag so he landed on his back, instead of legs first. Parents and children watched, wide-eyed, as firefighters took off the roof and doors of two cars using the “Jaws of Life” and showed how a tool about the size of a ballpoint pen could shatter a car’s windows in an instant to help firefighters reach a trapped victim inside. Jessica Vincent, 33, of Sylmar, said she brought daughters Mikayla, 4, and Kyandra, 10, to the open house because she believes police and firefighters don’t get the credit they deserve. “I don’t want my little girl to be afraid,” said Vincent, a preschool principal. “What if we get into an accident and the firefighters have to get her out? You never know these days.” [email protected] (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor 2-year-old Xander Tralins, of Sherman Oaks, the trip to the fire station – including getting to climb on one of the firetrucks – “was better than Disneyland,” said father Keith Tralins. “He loves any emergency vehicles,” added Xander’s mother, Jennifer Tralins. “It’s good to get out in the community – kids need to be aware of everything (emergency personnel) do to keep us safe.” It was hard to tell who was having more fun Saturday – the youngsters in their plastic firefighter hats and badges, or their parents, who peppered the firefighters with dozens of questions about equipment, firefighting and rescue operations and training. “Isn’t it wonderful, all the things they do?” marveled 78-year-old Maxine Marracino of Woodland Hills, who came to see her grandson, Explorer Vincent Yarumian, 16, also of Woodland Hills. She was particularly impressed by the helicopter water-drop demonstration: “I was amazed at how close to the ground they got.” SHERMAN OAKS – Dressed in a dainty pink dress, 4-year-old Samantha Dea happily rattled off the names of Disney princess-heroines, but her current career goal is a bit more unexpected. “When I grow up, I’m going to be a firefighter, because then I’ll get to hold the hose,” Samantha said, after taking a turn doing just that Saturday at an open house at Station No. 88 in Sherman Oaks. All across Los Angeles on Saturday, neighborhood fire stations held open houses for Fire Service Recognition Day, welcoming the public to learn more about their work. A few of the larger stations, including No. 88, hosted more elaborate demonstrations by hazardous-materials units, urban search and rescue teams and more. With the help of Los Angeles City Fire Department Explorer Juan Zepeda, 21, of Van Nuys, Samantha got to hold a real fire hose and direct a stream of water at a target, and then shut it off as beaming parents Jerry and Coco Dea of Sherman Oaks watched.