Tigers' J.D. Martinez leaves game with fractured elbow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez left Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Royals with a fractured right elbow that he sustained when running into the wall while chasing a fly ball.

Martinez managed to grab the ball hit by Paulo Orlando in the second inning and lobbed it to the infield, but it was clear something was wrong. He was examined by a trainer and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus before leaving the game. X-rays revealed the extent of the injury.

Martinez will have a CT scan Friday to confirm the diagnosis. It's unclear how long he will be out.

Martinez was hitting .287 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs, and had been especially hot of late. He had hit safely in seven straight games before striking out in his only at-bat Thursday.

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