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Delabar exits after being hit on leg with liner

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar is considered day to day after being struck on the right leg by a line drive during the ninth inning of Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Astros.

Delabar was attempting to put the finishing touches on Toronto's victory when Jose Altuve hit a scorching liner up the middle. The ball hit Delabar on his right calf muscle and then ricocheted towards first base.

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar is considered day to day after being struck on the right leg by a line drive during the ninth inning of Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Astros.

Delabar was attempting to put the finishing touches on Toronto's victory when Jose Altuve hit a scorching liner up the middle. The ball hit Delabar on his right calf muscle and then ricocheted towards first base.

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Blue Jays trainer George Poulis immediately ran onto the field, and within a few minutes, Delabar was removed from the game. He likely won't pitch in Thursday's series finale, but it does appear as though Delabar avoided any type of major injury.

"Just walking around here, it feels pretty good," Delabar said afterward. "I iced it for I don't know how long and I'm assuming it's going to be pretty sore tomorrow. But I asked George and he said 'if we needed you and we had to get you ready, we can get you ready.' But they're probably going to give me the day off [Thursday]."

The fact that Delabar's injury appears to be relatively minor will be welcome news considering the club is already without closer Casey Janssen, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.

The 30-year-old Delabar has allowed two runs in four innings of work this season. He is one of the primary setup men for temporary closer Sergio Santos at the back end of Toronto's bullpen.

"When you get hit square on the bone, you could have a fracture, you could have multiple things happen, and I'm lucky that it hit the muscle," Delabar said.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.

 

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