Payton leaves with hamstring strain
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles outfielder Jay Payton left Monday's Spring Training game against the Twins in the first inning with a strained left hamstring.
Payton doubled off starter Sidney Ponson to lead off the first, but Payton appeared to aggravate the hamstring while advancing to third on a groundout by Chris Gomez. Payton was then replaced by pinch-runner Freddie Bynum.
The injury was classified as a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the least severe of the three levels.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.