LOS ANGELES -- Given the Mets' recent run of bad luck, something like this was almost bound to happen.
Sunday starter R.A. Dickey was dominant through his first five innings against the Dodgers, but he injured his left leg in the bottom of the sixth and had to be pulled from the game.
Dickey fell to one knee after throwing a pitch to Russell Martin, causing manager Jerry Manuel and a team trainer to visit the mound.
"I threw a pitch to Martin, [and] I landed awkwardly in the hole that [Clayton] Kershaw's stride leaves behind," Dickey said. "It just kind of thrust all of my body weight on to my landing leg in a way that was awkward.
"I felt like it strained something in my glute or in my hip."
Dickey appeared to be fine after the brief mound visit and subsequently retired Martin and Kershaw without any obvious difficulties.
But the two outs didn't convince Manuel, and he pulled Dickey prior to Xavier Paul's at-bat.
Manuel didn't like how Dickey appeared to protect the injured leg when fielding back-to-back ground balls.
"The first time out, he convinced me that he was OK," Manuel said. "Then the way he kind of went after the ball in front of home plate kind of made my decision.
"You know R.A., he's a bulldog, he's a tremendous competitor. He wanted to stay in that game in the worst way. But because I saw him trying to protect it, I didn't think it was wise to let him throw."
Dickey said that he attacked the ground ball from Kershaw slower than he normally would because he knew that, as a pitcher, Kershaw would not run particularly quickly to first base. Dickey pleaded his case to Manuel, but the manager had made his decision.
Dickey said that he felt sore but that he doesn't think the injury is significant.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.