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Kevin Gausman hit by comebacker, exits Saturday’s game after second inning (UPDATE)

The Blue Jays pitcher was down on the field for a minute before limping off.

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Update: The Blue Jays announced that Gausman’s X-rays came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a right ankle contusion.

Toronto Blue Jays ace Kevin Gausman had to leave his Saturday start at the end of the second inning after he was struck on his right leg by a comebacker off the bat of the Rays’ Wander Franco.

Gausman tried to chase after the deflected ball, but fell to the ground in visible pain. He was attended to by team trainers before hobbling off the field.

Gausman gave up four hits and a walk in his two innings of work. He also struck out three batters. He entered Saturday’s game with a 2.93 ERA and as the MLB leader among all qualified starting pitchers with a 1.70 FIP and 3.6 FanGraphs WAR.

Gausman was relieved by Casey Lawrence to begin the top of the third. Toronto has won four of its past five games. Although they sit 12 games back of the Yankees in the American League East, the Blue Jays currently own the top Wild Card spot, one game ahead of the Red Sox.