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ATLANTA (AP) _ New York Mets starter Steve Trachsel was forced to leave the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves after being struck in his pitching hand by a line drive Wednesday.

Trachsel sustained a bruised thumb, and X-rays were negative.

With one out in the third inning, Andruw Jones lined a ball right at Trachsel, who appeared to cover his body with his hands before being hit. Catcher Vance Wilson fielded the ball but threw late to first.

After a brief consultation with manager Bobby Valentine, Trachsel was replaced by Jeff D'Amico.

The Braves scored five runs in the inning, all charged to Trachsel. In Jones' next at-bat, he hit a grounder up the middle that D'Amico fielded cleanly at his feet.