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Dodgers hope cortisone shot gets Casey Blake back Friday

Casey Blake

Injured Los Angeles Dodgers’ Casey Blake stands in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Casey Blake is out of the lineup today for the fifth straight game due to a sore neck, but he’s been able to pinch-hit during that time and the Dodgers are hoping he’ll be back in the lineup Friday.

Don Mattingly told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times that Blake is scheduled to get a cortisone injection tonight to “speed his recovery” and will be able to spend Thursday’s off day recovering.

In the meantime Blake can pinch-hit and possibly even play first base, where long throws aren’t usually needed. Juan Uribe is starting in his place at third base today.