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Odorizzi injured, leaves Rays game early

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, center, talks to a trainer during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Seattle. Odorizzi was taken out of the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW108
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, center, talks to a trainer during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Seattle. Odorizzi was taken out of the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW108
Published Jun. 6, 2015

SEATTLE — The Rays lost another top starting pitcher to injury Friday when Jake Odorizzi walked off the mound in the fifth inning against the Mariners due to left oblique tightness.

Odorizzi seemed to strain or pull something on his left side during the inning, then winced and nearly doubled over in pain after throwing his 75th pitch. The Rays said further evaluation was needed to determine if he would miss time.

Odorizzi had stepped up as one of the top starters in the injury-depleted rotation, posting a 4-5 record with a 2.61 ERA. The Rays have already lost Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) for the season and Drew Smyly (torn labrum) for at least an extended period. Matt Moore is expected back by early July after April 2014 Tommy John surgery.