May exits game vs. M's after comebacker hits right elbow

Twins starter had struck out 5 through 3 1/3 innings

May exits game vs. M's after comebacker hits right elbow

SEATTLE -- Twins starter Trevor May's homecoming start was cut short by an injury.

The right-hander, who grew up in nearby Kelso, Wash., was pitching to Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning in a 2-2 tie at Safeco Field on Saturday night. Seager ripped the first pitch on a liner right back to May, and the ball hit the pitcher's right elbow.

May picked up the ball and scooped it to first baseman Kennys Vargas for the out, but after a brief consultation with team trainers, he exited the game. May was later diagnosed with a right elbow contusion and is considered day-to-day after X-rays were negative, the team announced.

May, who ended up pitching 3 1/3 innings and giving up two runs on three hits and striking out five batters, was replaced by reliever Tim Stauffer.

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