Calhoun leaves game with bruised right triceps

Outfielder hit by pitch early, exit likely a precautionary move

Calhoun leaves game with bruised right triceps

MESA, Ariz. -- Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun exited Thursday's game early with a bruised right triceps muscle, a product of a first-inning hit by pitch and seemingly a precautionary move.

Calhoun took a fastball to the area by Cubs lefty Eric Jokisch while leading off the game at Sloan Park. He then slid hard into second base while trying to break up a double play, played a half-inning in the outfield and left the facility, with a trainer by his side, in the middle of the second inning.

Calhoun also left Monday's game early because of pain in his right hand, but played two days later.

He could return to the lineup on Friday.

"It just stiffened up on him a little bit, so we just took him out on a precautionary basis," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, it's something where he can bounce back and play tomorrow, but we'll see."

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