The face of the franchise was down. The best pitcher in baseball had been hit by a line drive. Clayton Kershaw sat on the mound, rubbing his hand against the side of his face.
And then he got up, shrugged off a chipped tooth, and kept on pitching. The Dodgers exhaled. A day that had started in disappointment would not end in devastation.
On Friday morning, the Dodgers said Hyun-Jin Ryu had tightness in his left shoulder, an injury that could put him on the disabled list. On Friday afternoon, Kershaw collapsed on the mound, with teammates and the athletic trainer rushing to his side.
"A little scary," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "with...