ANAHEIM, Calif. – A Seattle Mariners pitcher, Usai Kikuchi, removed a sharp ball from his right knee and left the loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night at 12-5 in the fifth inning.
The leftist fell to the ground after being hit by a returnee hit by David Fletcher.
Kikuchi writhed in pain when hunter Jose Godoy first tried to throw Fletcher and threw into the right field, allowing Taylor Ward to score from the first.
Kikuchi left after receiving help from coaches and the sailors’ coaching staff. The Sailors said the injury was a right knee injury.
Seattle manager Scott Servais said after the match that Kikuchi will be examined again on Sunday.
Kikuchi, who entered the game with a 3-3 record, was doing well. He had eight strikeouts and allowed two runs, both per household, in the first four innings.
It would be another blow to the sailors if Kikuchi had to be on the injured list. As early as this week, right-hander Justin Dunn continued due to inflammation of the right shoulder and the shortlist Kyle Lewis, the rookie of the year in the American League, is expected to miss a significant time due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.