Astros’ Odorizzi (leg discomfort) goes out on a stretcher


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

The Astros announced that Odorizzi suffered from lower left leg discomfort, adding that they would release more information as it becomes available.

Odorizzi, who entered the game with a 15⅔ inning shutout streak, appeared to awkwardly twist his left leg on the delivery to Kike Hernandez. When he turned to cover first base, he took a step and then lay face down on the grass.

He remained there after the elimination taping and the Astros staff rushed to deal with him. He was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to an outside exit. Astros’ teammates hovered around the infield as the stretcher arrived.

The 32-year-old veteran entered the game with a 3-2 record this season to go along with a 3.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts. The Red Sox were leading 2-1 when he left. The game was tied 2-2 in the sixth inning when it was delayed by rain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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