An injury kept outfielder Scott Van Slyke out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Saturday, but the way he sustained the injury wasn't quite in the manner one would expect.

Manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Van Slyke suffered whiplash while riding in the back of a taxi cab in New York. Van Slyke's head slammed into the Plexiglas partition after the cab came to an abrupt stop.

The 29-year-old left fielder, who has played some first base for the Dodgers this season, was unavailable for Saturday's game, but pinch-hit in the Dodgers' game on Sunday, laying down a sacrifice bunt.

More from FoxSports

In 122 at-bats this season, Van Slyke has hit .254/.340/.426 with four home runs, nine doubles, and 18 RBI.

(h/t MLB.com)