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Snell 'fine' after leaving with bruised left leg

Rookie hit by hard grounder vs. Astros; expects to make next start
MLB.com @wwchastain

HOUSTON -- A rough start by Rays left-hander Blake Snell ended after he left in the fourth inning of Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Astros with a bruised lower left leg.

"Got me on the ankle, I feel fine," said Snell, who said he expects to make his next start.

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HOUSTON -- A rough start by Rays left-hander Blake Snell ended after he left in the fourth inning of Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Astros with a bruised lower left leg.

"Got me on the ankle, I feel fine," said Snell, who said he expects to make his next start.

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Marwin Gonzalez led off the Astros' fourth and singled on a ball back through the middle that struck the rookie on his left leg.

Once the dust had settled from the play that saw Gonzalez reach second on a throwing error by catcher Bobby Wilson, Rays manager Kevin Cash went to the mound accompanied by assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker.

Snell tested his foot, throwing several pitches before a brief conference that resulted in him leaving the game.

Snell said Harker asked him if he felt normal, and the rookie told him, "Not normal, but I can go." Snell said Harker then told him they didn't want to "risk anything."

Danny Farquhar came in to replace Snell with the Astros leading, 4-0. Farquhar allowed an RBI single to Alex Bregman -- a run charged to Snell -- to make it 5-0. Farquhar finished with four strikeouts over two innings.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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