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Blue Jays’ Carpenter Leaves Game

April 1, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Toronto pitcher Chris Carpenter took a line drive off his pitching elbow in Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Carpenter left after Mark Grudzielanek, the second batter of the game, hit a comebacker that ricocheted off Carpenter’s right elbow and into left field.

Carpenter ran toward home plate shaking his elbow and then collapsed. After several minutes, he walked off the field. X-rays showed there was no break.

Toronto’s Raul Mondesi also went to a hospital for X-rays after he was hit on right hand by a pitch in fourth inning. Mondesi, traded from the Dodgers to Toronto in the offseason, was also hit by a pitch in the second inning. His X-rays also showed no break.

Carpenter’s injury is just the latest blow to a fragile Toronto pitching staff.

The 24-year old right-hander had surgery on his pitching elbow last September.

Starter Joey Hamilton is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and will start the year on the disabled list. Ace David Wells pitched just one inning in his last start Sunday with back spasms and right-hander Kelvim Escobar has a weak right shoulder.

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