Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher KentaMaeda left Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning after sustaining a right leg injury.
He was replaced by J.P. Howell.
Maeda and the Dodgers were ahead 5–3 in the bottom of the sixth when Maeda was hit in the right leg with a line drive. The ball appeared to hit Maeda near his knee. The pitcher was helped off the field, putting almost no weight on his injured leg as he left the game.
Maeda still attempted to finish the play despite his injury.
Maeda, 28, has been a solid starter for the Dodgers so far in his first season in the majors. The former five-time Japanese All-Star entered Tuesday with a 5–4 record and a 2.70 ERA, with 65 strikeouts in 70 innings.