Forsythe exits with bruised left shoulder

Forsythe exits with bruised left shoulder

SEATTLE -- Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe had to leave Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Mariners with a bruised left shoulder after getting hit by a pitch in the top of the third.

Felix Hernandez hit Forsythe on the left shoulder with two outs in the top of the third. Forsythe appeared to be in pain as he made his way to first base, earning a trip from the Rays' trainers.

Forsythe remained in the game and moved to second base on a wild pitch. After Evan Longoria grounded out to end the inning, Forsythe took his position at second base, but he continued to move around as if in discomfort and then returned to the dugout.

"Got me in a bad spot," Forsythe said. "From what I understand, right now, it's kind of a nervy area on the back of the shoulder. Couldn't really lift the arm up. Wasn't really functioning at the time. So it hit me in the right spot."

Tim Beckham entered the game to take Forsythe's place at second base.

X-rays on Forsythe's shoulder were negative.

"They did X-rays just to double check, because it's in the area where the [scapula] is," Forsythe said. "But they were negative, so that's a plus. We'll play it by ear."

Forsythe said he was feeling better after the game.

"Yeah, I mean a little bit of treatment," Forsythe said. "I think we're going to go day to day right now. See how it feels. The soreness is going to be there. We'll see how it feels in the morning."

Forsythe has been the Rays' best offensive player this season, hitting .308 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.