ANAHEIM, Calif. – Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi picked up a sharp ball off his right knee and left Saturday night’s 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning.
The left-hander tumbles into the background after hitting the returner David Fletcher.
Kikuchi was distorted in pain as catcher José Godoy attempted to throw Fletcher out at first and into the right field, allowing Taylor Ward to score first.
Kikuchi leaves after being assisted by a sailor’s instructor and coaching staff. The sailor said the injury was a bruise in his right knee.
Seattle manager Scott Serves said after the game that Kikuchi will be checked again on Sunday.
“We don̵7;t think it’s broken. We will wait to see how he feels and go from there,” Cerves said. “He threw the ball brilliantly and was above his game until the line drive took him off.”
Kikuchi, who came into the game with a 3-3 record, was throwing well. He made eight hits and was allowed two runs. both at home running through the first four innings
It would be another blow for the Mariners if Kikuchi were to be on the injured list this week. Right-hander Justin Dunn has walked on due to inflammation in his right shoulder. and shortstop Kyle Lewis, last season’s American League Rookie of the Year. Expect to miss a crucial moment due to a torn meniscus in the right knee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.