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Farnsworth fine after second scare of the week

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Rays veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has never had a week like this in his career.

On Monday, Farnsworth hyperextended his left knee in an appearance before finishing the inning. Then, on Thursday, Farnsworth lasted just one pitch against the Astros before another scare. In trying to field a comebacker, Farnsworth spun and his right spike inadvertantly hit the same spot on the back of his knee he hurt before, forcing him to hit the ground.

"It felt like it was on fire," Farnsworth said.

Farnsworth, pulled from the game as a precaution, walked off the field and felt fine afterwards, saying he could have stayed in the game. He likened it to hitting a "funny bone," aggravating a nerve. He said he plans to pitch Friday in the second part of a scheduled back-to-back appearances. Farnsworth smiled, "I'll go two (innings) to make up for it."

Manager Joe Maddon hopes Farnsworth is fine, saying it threw him off because he didn't even see it happen.

"I was going to the bathroom, and all of a sudden, I heard this raucous," Maddon said. "I thought mabye a ball was hit out. And I come out of the bathroom and see (Farnsworth) lying out there. He's holding his leg. I just didn't want to chance fate. It happened the other day and it was okay. Two times, I just wanted to be more cautious."

[Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2011 12:15am]

    

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