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Former Ray Jake Odorizzi taken off field on stretcher

The Astros pitcher collapsed running to cover first base in the fifth inning Monday in Boston.
The Houston Astros' Jake Odorizzi winds up for a pitch against the Red Sox in the first inning of Monday's game in Boston.
The Houston Astros' Jake Odorizzi winds up for a pitch against the Red Sox in the first inning of Monday's game in Boston. [ STEVEN SENNE | AP ]
Published May 17|Updated May 17

BOSTON — Houston Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi collapsed with a leg injury while running to cover first base in the fifth inning Monday night against the Boston Red Sox and was taken off the Fenway Park field on a stretcher.

The team said he had “left lower leg discomfort,” and manager Dusty Baker said Odorizzi would get an MRI. The pitcher was on crutches, wearing a boot and in good spirits after the game, Baker said.

“He’s probably doing better than it looked like on the mound,” Baker said.

Odorizzi, who entered the game with a 15 2/3 inning shutout streak, appeared to twist his left leg awkwardly on the delivery to Kiké Hernandez. When he turned to cover first base, he took a step and then sprawled out, face down, on the grass.

He remained there after the out was recorded, and Astros staff rushed to tend to him. He was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off.

Odorizzi was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA this season. Boston won the game 6-3.

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