Texas starter Gray leaves after comebacker hits right elbow

Texas Rangers' Jon Gray delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 21, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – Texas Rangers’ right-hander Jon Gray left Saturday night’s game against the Houston Astros in the third inning after being hit on his throwing elbow by a line drive.

The team said he had a bruised right forearm and would continue to be monitored.

There were no outs in the bottom of the third when Houston catcher Yanier Díaz hit a comebacker that bounced off Gray’s elbow.

He shook his arm and winced right after being hit and before manager Bruce Bochy and a trainer came to the mound to check on him. After being checked out by the trainer and wiggling his fingers, he threw a couple of warmup pitches.

He soon stopped throwing and talked to the trainer for a bit longer before leaving the game.

Gray was replaced by Cole Ragans with the Rangers leading 2-0.

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