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Drabek exits vs. O's after taking line drive off ankle

Drabek exits vs. O's after taking line drive off ankle

Drabek exits vs. O's after taking line drive off ankle

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek was forced to depart Wednesday night's game against the Orioles with a right ankle injury. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise after X-rays came back negative.

Drabek was struck in the ankle by a line drive off the bat of Baltimore's Nate McLouth. The ball was hit so far it ricocheted off Drabek's leg and into foul territory.

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First baseman Adam Lind fielded the ball and was able to tag McLouth out, but Drabek had to be removed from the game. He walked off the field under his own power and didn't appear to have a major limp.

Another injury is the last thing Drabek would want after he spent the past year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He returned to the Blue Jays as a September callup and had two games under his belt before making a brief appearance against the Orioles.

Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress took Drabek's spot on the mound and closed out the sixth inning.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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