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Pirates LHP Duke exits after two innings with leg injury
August 23, 2005
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - Perhaps only Zach Duke can slow himself down.
Duke, the lefthanded starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates, suffered an apparent injury while running the bases in the bottom of the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
With Duke on second base and Chris Duffy on first with nobody out, Nate McLouth hit a liner that tipped off the glove of shortstop David Eckstein. Thinking the ball was going to be caught, Duke slid back into second base to avoid a double play and jammed his left ankle against the bag. He was tagged out after leaving the base and limped off the field.
Manager Lloyd McClendon, interviewed between innings on Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh's telecast, said Duke felt ``something pop'' in the ankle. Duke was immediately examined by team doctors, but there was no word how long he would be out.
rentz wrote:aw crap! im betting he misses most of the last part of the season.
Yahoo! player update thingy wrote:Aug 23 Updating an earlier item, the Associated Press' Alan Robinson reports Pittsburgh Pirates SP Zach Duke (ankle) likely won't miss more than one start due to his sprained left ankle. "It hurts right now, but there wasn't anything broken," said Duke. The team will reexamine Duke's ankle Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. - KFFL.com
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