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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Lerew hit in ribs by comebacker

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Anthony Lerew was struck by a liner in the second inning of the Kansas City Royals' 13-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, leaving him with bruised ribs.

Edwin Encarnacion's comebacker hit Lerew in the rib cage area. The pitcher threw to first for the out, then doubled over in pain by the mound.

"Nothing is broken. It looks a lot worse than it is, especially the bicep," Lerew said after the game. "The ribs hurt more than the bicep even though the bicep looks worse."

Lerew was visited by trainer Nick Kenney and manager Ned Yost, and walked off the field without attempting to throw a warmup pitch.

The Royals said Lerew also had a right biceps contusion and would be evaluated on Wednesday.

"I've never come out of a game from being hurt before," Lerew said. "I knew it was going to hurt. It still hurts. I thought the ball may still be lodged in my ribs."

Kanekoa Texeira replaced Lerew, who allowed four runs and three hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.