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X-rays of Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez negative after being hit by a line drive

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — X-rays of the left hand of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ranger Suárez came back negative. Suárez left Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after being hit by a line drive in the second inning.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — X-rays of the left hand of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ranger Suárez came back negative. Suárez left Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after being hit by a line drive in the second inning.

“Everything is fine,” Suárez said through an interpreter after the Phillies' 6-1 victory. “I have to thank God for that.”

Suárez, who entered the game tied for the major league leader with nine wins, left the game with a bruised left hand after being hit by a 105-mph line drive from Alec Burleson in the second inning. The left-hander picked up the ball and threw it to first base for the final out of the inning, then immediately winced in pain.

He put his face in his glove, walked to the dugout and then back to the clubhouse.

“When the ball hit me, I knew I couldn't continue,” he said, then joked, “I have to improve my shots so that this doesn't happen again.”

Suárez said the ball hit him on the part of his thumb that is more muscle than bone. There is inflammation and he said he will know in a few days whether he can start his next scheduled match.

“I'm glad he's doing well and hope he gets better soon,” said Bryce Harper, who hit a home run in the win.

Suárez retired all six batters he faced and struck out two. He entered Saturday's game second in the NL in ERA (1.75), first in opponents' batting average (.171), first in WHIP (0.82) and sixth in strikeouts (77).

Spencer Turnbull managed six strikeouts in three scoreless innings after replacing Suárez, and the Phillies won their eighth consecutive home victory.

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