Tuesday June 21st, 2016

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New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon left his start against the Royals on Tuesday in the first inning after being hit with a line drive.

Colon was pitching to his first batter of the game when he was hit on the right hand off a line drive. He was replaced by Hansel Robles after being examined by trainers.

The Mets are saying the injury is a right thumb bruise for Colon.

Colon started Tuesday after switching spots in the starting rotation with Noah Syndergaard, whose next start was pushed back a day after he threw 115 pitches in his last outing.

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The Mets went on to beat Kansas City 2–1. New York’s bullpen held the Royals to only one run over the final 8 2/3 innings.

Colon, 43, entered Tuesday with a 6–3 record and 3.01 ERA in 13 starts so far this season.

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