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Souza requires stitches after pitch hits hand

Rays outfielder to see specialist in Kansas City

NEW YORK -- Steven Souza Jr. had to leave the Rays' 8-1 win against the Yankees on Sunday after getting hit by a pitch on the pinky of his right hand. The outfielder isn't sure how much time he'll miss.

"Right now it's just day to day," Souza said.

A pitch thrown by Yankees right-hander Bryan Mitchell pinched Souza's pinky, resulting in a deep laceration that required stitches. Souza finished running the bases and scored in the Rays' four-run eighth. He did not return to the field for the bottom of the inning.

X-rays of the finger were negative, but Souza said he will undergo further tests on Monday in Kansas City.

"It was a really deep cut, it was deeper than the doctor thought it was when he opened it up," Souza said. "We don't know what's in there. We're going to see a specialist in Kansas City.

"It's just my pinky. A giant laceration that runs up my pinky. I can't really bend it too well now. I'm hoping I wake up tomorrow and it feels little better. But I don't have much feeling in my pinky right now, which is kind of a worry for us. So we'll go from there."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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