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Cramp forces LeMahieu to leave game early

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu exited in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 4-3, 14-inning loss to the Giants after suffering a right groin cramp while trying to beat out a ground ball. The Rockies announced he's day to day.

LeMahieu started running awkwardly about 10 feet before reaching the first-base bag but was retired. An athletic trainer came to join LeMahieu as he limped back to the dugout, before he exited the game in the bottom of the inning.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu exited in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 4-3, 14-inning loss to the Giants after suffering a right groin cramp while trying to beat out a ground ball. The Rockies announced he's day to day.

LeMahieu started running awkwardly about 10 feet before reaching the first-base bag but was retired. An athletic trainer came to join LeMahieu as he limped back to the dugout, before he exited the game in the bottom of the inning.

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"Just felt like it cramped on me," LeMahieu said. "I don't really pull muscles at all, ever, so I don't know what it's supposed to feel like. It just felt like a cramp. It'll be fine."

LeMahieu said he dealt with a similar injury within the past two seasons but it never lingered for more than a couple of days.

"It doesn't feel as bad as it did last time," LeMahieu said. "It's nothing too serious."

Rockies manager Bud Black said he doesn't expect LeMahieu to be in Wednesday's lineup for the series finale against the Giants, though the second baseman said he hopes to get some hitting in before the game. With Thursday's off-day, Black said it's a possibility LeMahieu could be back in the starting nine for Friday's series opener at Arizona.

"We're hoping that this will be a quick recovery for him," Black said. "Talking to DJ at the end of the game, talking with our medical staff, we're a little bit optimistic right now. That's a good thing. But we'll see. These things set up differently as you go on."

Raimel Tapia took over the No. 2 spot in the order for LeMahieu and was inserted into right field, while Alexi Amarista moved from right field to second base.

LeMahieu, an elite defender who won the 2014 National League Gold Glove, is slashing .302/.360/.381 with three homers and 38 RBIs this year. He has played in all 80 contests for the Rockies this season.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Rockies on Tuesday.

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