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Adrian bruises knee, says he'll play Friday

Dodgers 1B exits after fouling ball off right leg

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he was "100 percent" sure he would return to the lineup Friday night after leaving Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds in the fifth inning with a right knee bruise.

Manager Don Mattingly said Gonzalez's removal was "precautionary."

Gonzalez suffered the injury two innings earlier when he fouled a pitch off his leg. Gonzalez struck out on that at-bat and played two more innings, but Scott Van Slyke took over at first base in the bottom of the fifth.

"It's good," Gonzalez said. "It started to swell a little bit and we didn't want it to swell too much. Take today off and be able to play [Friday] rather than play the rest of the game not feeling good."

Gonzalez, playing in his 123rd of 126 Dodgers games this year, leads the club with 24 homers and 74 RBIs.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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