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MLB notebook: Mets' Colon knocked from game in 1st by line drive

| Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon left his start in the first inning Tuesday night with a bruised thumb after getting hit by a line drive on his pitching hand.

The 43-year-old Colon lasted four pitches. Royals leadoff batter Whit Merrifield hit a liner that barely glanced off the pitcher's glove and struck him hard on his right thumb. The Mets said X-rays were negative.

The ball deflected to second baseman Neil Walker, who threw to first for an out. In the meantime, Colon yanked down his hand in obvious pain and bent over at the waist as manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came rushing out of the dugout.

• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis and has been given a cortisone shot. Brantley had surgery on his right shoulder in November. Brantley is on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season. Brantley began the season on the DL and returned April 25. He appeared in 11 games and batted .231 with seven RBIs before returning to the DL on May 14.

Yasiel Puig came off the disabled list for the Dodgers and was in the lineup against the Nationals. The Cuban outfielder had been sidelined with a strained left hamstring. He hadn't played in a major league game since June 2 against the Cubs. Puig went 5 for 12 with a home run, three walks, one steal and two RBIs in five rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

• The Reds activated right-hander Raisel Iglesias and placed righty reliever Blake Wood on the paternity list. Iglesias went on the 15-day disabled list May 1 with a right shoulder impingement. Iglesias is 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA in five starts for the Reds. Wood is 5-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 relief appearances.

• The Rays placed Steve Pearce and Mikie Mahtook on the 15-day disabled list after both players were injured in Monday night's 7-4 loss to Cleveland. Pearce strained his right hamstring running to first base after hitting a fly ball in the ninth inning. Mahtook suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a Josh Tomlin pitch in the second. Pearce, a former Pirates player, is hitting .322 with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 51 games.

• The Cubs optioned right-hander Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa to prepare him for a major league start. The Cubs also placed lefty Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list because of a blister on his left middle finger. Warren is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA in 25 games.

— AP

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