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Gonzales exits early after liner hits right hand

Mariners starter sees scoreless streak end vs. White Sox
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales was removed from Monday night's 4-2 loss to the White Sox in the second inning after being hit on the right hand by a line drive off the bat of shortstop Leury Garcia.

Gonzales was diagnosed with a right hand contusion and replaced on the mound by Juan Nicasio. The pitcher later said the ball hit him at the base of his thumb, right below his glove.

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales was removed from Monday night's 4-2 loss to the White Sox in the second inning after being hit on the right hand by a line drive off the bat of shortstop Leury Garcia.

Gonzales was diagnosed with a right hand contusion and replaced on the mound by Juan Nicasio. The pitcher later said the ball hit him at the base of his thumb, right below his glove.

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"We are going to re-evaluate more [Tuesday], but as of right now, I think I'm going to be all right," said Gonzales, who had his hand wrapped while he talked to reporters. "We just did an initial scan and we don't know the full extent of it, but I don't think there are any breaks."

Video: CWS@SEA: Servais on Gonzales' start, hand injury

It was an unfortunate night for Gonzales. White Sox center fielder Adam Engel homered on the first pitch of the game to snap Gonzales' consecutive innings scoreless streak this spring at nine. The home run put the Mariners in an early hole and provided Gonzales, who has put himself in position to earn the fourth spot in the starting rotation, his first real test of spring.

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Gonzales also gave up consecutive doubles to right fielder Avisail Garcia and third baseman Matt Davidson in the first inning. He walked designated hitter Eloy Jimenez and later walked Jose Rondon with two outs, prompting a visit to the mound. He retired catcher Zack Collins with the bases loaded to end the eventful inning after giving up two runs.

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"To be completely honest, I think the leadoff guy kind of threw me off my game," Gonzales said. "Right away, my main objective was to fill up the zone, and right after that I tried to get a little too fine. I honestly felt better the second inning, but I guess it was just not my night.

White Sox left fielder Luis Alexander Basabe led off the second inning with a double. Gonzales struck out Engel and Garcia followed him.

"I just wasn't quite quick enough to catch it," Gonzales said. "That was one of the first ones that was hit back at me that I didn't even see. I just saw it off the bat and I honestly I didn't think he was going to hit it because I was trying to elevate."

Video: CWS@SEA: Gonzales on getting hit in the hand by liner

See ball, hit ball
What Daniel Vogelbach is not doing at the plate recently is just as important as what he is doing.

The first baseman has reached base safely in 10 of his last 15 plate appearances. He is 7-for-14 with four doubles, one home run and three walks since March 7 and there's a big reason why.

"The quality of [Vogelbach's] at-bats have been very good," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "The biggest thing with him is how he is attacking the ball. He's going after it and not just sitting there waiting for the perfect pitch. You don't have to have the perfect pitch all of the time if you're aggressive, have the swing and you're strong, good things will probably happen."

Vogelbach finished 1-for-4 Monday night, hitting a single in the seventh.

Worth noting
• Former Mariners right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro has arrived in camp and will serve as a guest instructor. Pineiro pitched in parts of 12 big league seasons with the Mariners (2000-06), Red Sox (2007), Cardinals (2007-09) and Angels (2010-11).

• The Cactus League finale on March 27 against Colorado in Scottsdale will now start at 12:10 p.m. PT. It was originally scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Up next
The Mariners will send Rob Whalen to the mound against the Rockies at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. PT. James Pazos is also scheduled to pitch for Seattle. The game will be available on MLB.TV.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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