Ozuna exits with left knee bruise after HBP

Ozuna exits with left knee bruise after HBP

ATLANTA -- The first pitch of the fourth inning of Monday's 12-7 loss to the Braves at Turner Field was a painful one for Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins' right fielder was struck on the side of his left knee by a 95-mph fastball from Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.

Shaken up, Ozuna hobbled around home plate and was checked by assistant trainer Mike Kozak before taking first base. But in the bottom of the inning, the Marlins took him out for precautionary reasons with a left knee contusion.

"I think he will be OK," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We just knew that thing was going to get stiffer and stiffer as the night went on."

The Marlins had a big fourth, scoring five runs, and Ozuna batted twice in the frame.

In his second at-bat, he ripped a single up the middle that struck Foltynewicz on the left leg. According to Statcast™, the exit velocity on the hit was 110 mph, and the Braves' right-hander came out of the game.

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Ichiro Suzuki moved from left to right field, while Derek Dietrich took over in left after entering as a pinch-hitter.

Ozuna is a middle-of-the-order threat, batting .268 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs.

The 25-year-old recently missed a week after he sprained his left wrist while making a catch in center field at the Mets on Aug. 31. He returned to the lineup last Wednesday and has been playing right field lately.

If Ozuna is unable to go, the Marlins have Ichiro, who can play right, or Jeff Francoeur or Dietrich.

"[Ozuna] was able to run and able to hit again," Mattingly said. "We knew if we didn't get that thing compacted, it was going to be three or four days. We hope that he will be able to play tomorrow, but we'll see."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.