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Papi exits with elbow contusion, should play Sunday

Papi exits with elbow contusion, should play Sunday

BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz exited Saturday's 7-3 loss to with a left elbow contusion, a result of being belted by a 92-mph fastball from Mariners lefty Charlie Furbush in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Manger John Farrell said he expects Ortiz to play Sunday.

"He stiffened up and gained some swelling above the left elbow on the inside of the arm. It got him on a pretty good place," Farrell said.

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Ortiz initially shook off the injury and stayed in the game Saturday, throwing his arm guard off in frustration and taking his base.

But when Ortiz was due up in the bottom of the eighth inning, Kelly Johnson came out to pinch-hit for him.

"A little swollen," Ortiz said while flexing his arm. "But I'll be all right."

Red Sox right-hander Alex Wilson buzzed Robinson Cano on the backside in the top of the seventh, at which point both sides received warnings from home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

"That's just how the game works sometimes," said Wilson, who added that his plunking of Cano was an accident. "Unfortunately, I messed up and hit a guy, and they have to warn guys after that. It wasn't really a factor going forward."

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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