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Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with wrist injury

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Off to a great start to his first season with the Blue Jays, Kevin Kiermaier had been able to elude the health woes that had plagued him in recent seasons.

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Until Thursday night, that is.

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The acrobatic Jays outfielder was forced to leave the game after taking a pitch off his left wrist in the second inning of the game against the Houston Astros.

And it wasn’t just any pitch, either — a 96-mile-per-hour fastball from flame-throwing Astros starter Framber Valdez. After getting a visit from Jays trainer Jose Minstral and manager John Schneider, Kiermaier remained in the game as a base runner.

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But after a consultation with coaches and trainers between innings, Kiermaier exited the game and was replaced in centre field by Daulton Varsho.

A preliminary X-ray by the team showed no fracture of Kiermaier’s wrist and the Jays announced the injury as a left wrist contusion.

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