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Friday, May 21, 2010
Vazquez exits with bruised index finger

By Andrew Marchand
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- After starting his night by further redeeming himself with six scoreless innings, Javier Vazquez ended it early with a bruised right index finger.

Vazquez had X-rays on the finger and the Yankees doctors said it was not broken.

"I'm pretty sure I'm making my next start," Vazquez said after the game.

It appeared the injury that forced Vazquez to leave the Yankees-Mets game occurred in the top of the seventh. As Vazquez successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt, it looked as if the pitch from Elmer Dessens also connected with his index finger.

"There's a little swelling. He got hit above the nail, which is probably better becase if it's on the nail its probably going to fill up with blood," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll have to wait and see. We'll probably have to wait until Sunday. My guess is it's going to be pretty sore tomorrow.

"They're going to do a lot of work on it and we'll see. He's got that extra day (the Yankees are off Monday) so maybe that will be enough. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to make his next start."

Before the injury, Vazquez had a nearly flawless night. It was not until the fifth inning that the Mets picked up their first hit, a harmless one-out single by Angel Pagan. Vazquez presumably would have pitched the seventh if he were not hurt.

"It's frustrating a little bit," Vazquez said. "The good thing is the X-ray is negative so I'm pretty sure I'm gonna make my next start. It feels like the ball hit me, but I don't feel bad like it's aching or anything like that."

The outing was the third consecutive impressive performance by Vazquez. On Monday, Vazquez pitched in relief. In the unenviable spot of facing Kevin Youkilis with two runners on in the ninth, Vazquez used four pitches to strike out Youkilis.

Vazquez had last started a week-and-a-half ago when he pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a loss at Detroit.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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