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Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann hit in face with batted ball, leaves game

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann lays on the mound after getting hit by a ball off the bat of the Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis during the first inning Wednesday night.

Cleveland – Detroit Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann left Wednesday night’s game in the first inning after he was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive from the Indians’ Jason Kipnis.

It was Zimmermann’s seventh pitch, a 91-mph fastball, and it left Kipnis’ bat at 105.6 mph. It struck Zimmermann directly and he fell to the ground.

After being tended to by trainer Doug Teeter, Zimmermann got up and walked off on his own power. He didn’t appear to be bleeding but a lump was visible.

The Tigers said a preliminary exam revealed a right jaw contusion, but Zimmermann was still being evaluated by the medical staff.

Left-hander Daniel Norris replaced Zimmermann.

The Tigers later said Zimmermann had passed concussion protocol and was being taken to a hospital for X-rays on his jaw.

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