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Devil Rays’ Pitcher Hurt

May 27, 1999

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Tampa Bay Devil Rays left-hander Tony Saunders was taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his upper left arm while throwing a pitch in the third inning tonight against the Texas Rangers.

The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but Saunders was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for X-rays.

Saunders fell to the ground after making a 3-2 pitch to Juan Gonzalez in the third inning. The pitch sailed well wide of the plate.

The game was delayed 10 minutes as medical personnel immobilized Saunders’ left arm.

Saunders was making his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Durham on May 13. He had been optioned to the minor leagues on May 3, just two starts after coming within four outs of throwing the Devil Rays’ first no-hitter against Baltimore on April 22.

Saunders, who is 3-3 in nine starts this season, was the Devil Rays’ first selection in the 1998 expansion draft.

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